DESCRIPTION: This biennial or short lived perennial produces stunning reddish-orange daisy flowers with brown centers and yellow tips; tolerates light shade, drought and a wide range of soils; best treated as...
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DESCRIPTION: This biennial or short lived perennial produces stunning reddish-orange daisy flowers with brown centers and yellow tips; tolerates light shade, drought and a wide range of soils; best treated as an annual; wonderful along borders or in containers

BOTANICAL NAME: Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow'
OTHER NAMES: Gloriosa Daisy, Coneflower, Brown Eyed Susan
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 75 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 60 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun
FLOWER COLOUR: Deep orange and yellow with black eyes
FLOWERING TIME: Summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Deep green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 4 ( Should survive up to -34.4° Celsius ) - Biennial.
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Attracts Butterflies, Border, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant

Ornamental Features

Prairie Glow Black-Eyed Susan has masses of beautiful orange daisy flowers with brown eyes and yellow tips at the ends of the stems from late summer to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its lobed leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. 

Landscape Attributes

Prairie Glow Black-Eyed Susan is an herbaceous biennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Prairie Glow Black-Eyed Susan is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Prairie Glow Black-Eyed Susan will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and tends to be biennial, meaning that it puts on vegetative growth the first year, flowers the second, and then dies.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Prairie Glow Black-Eyed Susan is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception.

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