Rudbeckia laciniata is a beautiful perennial bloom that produces yellow flowers throughout summer and mid-autumn. Also known as Cutleaf Coneflower, this flower has broad, drooping, glowing golden petals surrounding a prominent pale green centre. It has wiry stems and divided light green foliage.
We love using Rudbeckia laciniata in garden beds, borders, cottage gardens, and meadows. They’re rich in nectar, so they are very attractive to butterflies and other pollinating insects. A word of caution, Cutleaf Coneflower spreads rampantly by underground rhizomes, so ensure you have enough space to give this plant the love it deserves. We’ve planted this beautiful flower at our office in Canterbury, and throughout summer, it provides beautiful yellow flowers for our team to enjoy. Rudbeckia laciniata also features in our Camberwell Meadow garden, amongst several other stunning perennials.
How to plant
Plant in full sun or part shade in well-drained soil. If planted in shade or dry soil, the plant may flop and require a stake to hold it upright. You can expect this flower to grow to approx. 2.7m tall and 1.2m wide. When planting, space pots approx. 1.2m wide. Remember our tip above; the rhizomes will cause Rudbeckia laciniata to spread quickly.
Care and maintenance
Like most perennials, Rudbeckia laciniata is low-maintenance. We recommend deadheading spent flowers to encourage new blooms and then cut back again in autumn. Cutleaf Coneflower tolerates wet soils and seasonal flooding.