Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy') in the Black Eyed Susans Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6b -20.6 °C (-5 °F) to -17.8 °C (0 °F)
Plant Height: 18-24 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Other: burgundy
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Needs specific temperature: Germinates best at 68-72 deg F
Days to germinate: 5-10
Depth to plant seed: surface sow
Suitable for wintersowing
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Hoverflies
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Rudbeckia Cherry Brandy, individual bloom

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Posted by kqcrna (Cincinnati, Oh - Zone 6a) on Nov 8, 2011 5:21 AM

Although some sources might call this plant a perennial, it didn't perform well for me as such. Wintersown, mine bloomed well and displayed beautiful color in their first summer. They thrived. A few did survive that first winter in my yard but never thrived after that. In their second year their blossom color was muted and the plants seemed weak. They were barely visible in my garden.

Cherry Brandy Rudbeckias make pretty, healthy annuals, but in the future I won't attempt to use them as perennials.

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Plant Events from our members
lovesblooms On January 15, 2017 Seeds sown
lovesblooms On June 13, 2015 Bloomed
from 2014 wintersown plants (bloomed first year, too)
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