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SUNFLOWER LOOKING DECORATIVE YELLOW PERENNIALS 

FEATURES:

  • Bright golden-yellow color lasts for months 
  • Award-winning perennial plant 
  • One of the best pollinators
  • Drought tolerant when established 
  • Works wonderfully in cut flower decoration 
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Mature Height: 2-3' tall
  • Mature Width: 1-2' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 1-2' apart

Goldstrum Black-Eyed Susan

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Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullvantii 'Goldstrum'

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SUNFLOWER LOOKING DECORATIVE YELLOW PERENNIALS 

FEATURES:

  • Bright golden-yellow color lasts for months 
  • Award-winning perennial plant 
  • One of the best pollinators
  • Drought tolerant when established 
  • Works wonderfully in cut flower decoration 
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Mature Height: 2-3' tall
  • Mature Width: 1-2' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 1-2' apart

Why plant Goldstrum Black-Eyed Susan?

“Goldstrum” means “Gold Storm” in German, and Goldstrum Black-Eyed Susan truly unleashes a torrent of golden-yellow blossoms in summer. Just when temperatures are beginning to soar and the rest of the garden is starting to feel the heat, Goldstrum opens its bright, cheerful blooms. Its chocolate-centered blossoms appear in such abundance that you can hardly see the foliage; they last a long time, too. Take some flowers for the table—you’ll barely notice the loss. Goldstrum makes a fine cut flower for fresh summer bouquets. Enjoy the beauty indoors and out!

This species of Black-Eyed Susan is a native wildflower that grows throughout much of the eastern U.S., from Massachusetts to Florida and as far west as Wisconsin. It provides nectar and pollen for insects and seed for birds, and for those reasons it’s a must for meadow gardens and for wildlife-friendly spaces of all types. Goldstrum is a classic selection of this species discovered in 1937. It was actually found in Europe. An employee of the German plantsman Karl Foerster (best known for ‘Karl Foerster’ Feather Reed Grass) spotted it at a nursery in the Czech Republic. Foerster introduced it in 1949.

How to use Goldstrum Black-Eyed Susan in the landscape?

Each year since 1991, the Perennial Plant Association chooses one Spirit as its “Perennial Plant of the Year.” Winners must be attractive in multiple seasons, adaptable, low-maintenance, and resistant to pests and diseases. Goldstrum Black-Eyed Susan took the honors in 1999. Besides being a fantastic option in a cut flower garden, the Goldstrum is also a great option for a border plant or in a cottage garden!

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

How To Plant Goldstrum Black-Eyed Susan

Goldstrum Black-Eyed Susan is an adaptable, easy-going Spirit, but does best in a full-sun position in rich but well-drained soil. Black-Eyed Susans love heat and may be slow to get started in the spring.

How To Water

Water it regularly during the first growing season—about once a week if there’s no rain—this will encourage a healthy root system! Once established, your Goldstrum is capable of tolerating mild droughts!

How To Fertilize

Feed your Black-Eyed Susan in the early spring after the last hard frost. We recommend using our Elements Started Plant Food to give your plants a jumpstart during its growing season.

How To Prune

The bloom period may be extended by diligent deadheading (trimming the spent flowers off). You may want to leave the end-of-season seed heads standing over the winter, both for some visual interest and for bird food. Cut all dead stems and foliage back before growth resumes in spring.


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