Coneflower

Rudbeckia hirta 'Autumn Shades'

Coneflower - Rudbeckia hirta  'Autumn Shades'

Common Name: Coneflower
Genus: Rudbeckia
Species: hirta
Cultivar: 'Autumn Shades'

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife, Suitable for growing in containers, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.25 m (25 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red, Orange, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to October

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Rich rustic shades of red, orange and yellow make these daisy-like flowers, which can grow up to 15cm across particularly eye-catching. They are very free-flowering and are perfect for filling gaps in a sunny well-drained border or containers.

  • Garden care:Using seed trays and good seed compost, sow from late winter to mid spring, just covering the seed. Keep moist but not wet and maintain temperatures at 18-20C. Transplant when large enough to handle into individual pots and grow on in cool conditions before hardening off and planting outside. Dead-heading will prolong the flowering season, but let some of the last flowers develop seed heads, as this will attract birds into the garden in winter.

  • Sow: February-April

  • Flowering: July-October



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