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Rudbeckia Summerina Brown



Dramatic large flowers in late summer

A really stunning new hybrid with strong, upright branched stems and dark green, slightly hairy leaves. The large, velvety blooms open from midsummer to reveal burnt orange petals around chocolate cone-shaped centres. The blooms are long lasting, attractive to bees and butterflies and make excellent cut flowers. The seedheads remain attractive in the border long after the leaves have fallen.


Plant in full sun in beds and borders. Lovely with grasses and excellent to provide late summer colour.


Any well-drained, reasonably fertile soil that is not too dry, but never becomes waterlogged. Leave seedheads until winter, then cut back to basal green leaves. No support required. 

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available May - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - October
Evergreen No
Plant height 40 cm - 60 cm
Plant width 40 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 60 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Courtyard garden, Wildlife garden

Typically available

From May to September