Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Herbstsonne’

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Robert Pavlis

Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Herbstsonne’ ’is a huge plant that is perfect for the back of a perennial bed. It flowers in late summer providing a great splash of yellow for a long time. Unlike your typical yellow daisy it is quite unique with its large flared-back petals.

Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Herbstsonne': photo by Robert Pavlis
Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Herbstsonne’: photo by Robert Pavlis

The plant is usually listed as R. laciniata, but also as R. nitida, and some experts think it is a hybrid between the two. The Royal Horticultural Society names it R. laciniata and has given it the Award of Garden Merit.

Herbstsonne is German and means autumn sun, explaining why some people incorrectly call it Rudbeckia ‘Autumn Sun’. It also has the common name of cutleaf coneflower which is also used for other forms of R. laciniata.


Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Herbstsonne': photo by Robert Pavlis
Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Herbstsonne’: photo by Robert Pavlis

Except for cutting old stems back in spring, this plant requires no maintenance and the clump spreads slowly.

Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Herbstsonne’

(rud-BEK-ee-a  la-sin-ee-AY-tuh)

Life Cycle: perennial

Height: 200cm (7 ft)

Bloom Time: early fall

Natural Range: North America (R. laciniata)

Habitat: wet sites along stream banks (R. laciniata)

Synonyms: none

Cultivation of Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Herbstsonne’:

Light: full sun

Soil: average

Water: average to moist

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 – 9

Propagation: seed, division

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Robert Pavlis

I have been gardening my whole life and have a science background. Besides writing and speaking about gardening, I own and operate a 6 acre private garden called Aspen Grove Gardens which now has over 3,000 perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees. Yes--I am a plantaholic!

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