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Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Coneflower - Rudbeckia


Whether in a bed, in an open space or on the edge of woody plants in the garden, a coneflower forms a shining beacon.


More useful information about Coneflower - Rudbeckia

The hardy perennials from the genus Rudbeckia score with an exceptionally long flowering period until autumn; they have uncomplicated location requirements and they attract numerous pollinating insects. With their impressive heights - the giant type can reach a proud 3 metres high - the tall species provide colour and structure in the garden. The smaller growing representatives are suitable for a place in the front of a bed or even in a container. These plants can also be used wonderfully in floristry, as the lush blooms allow for a superb display in a vase.

The magnificent look of this flower lends itself to diverse compositions in the bed. In a natural prairie garden, it creates a harmonious image with ornamental grasses of all kinds. Many bright perennial combinations are also possible: the yellow coneflower comes into its own with the warm colour of yarrow, autumn aster or sneezeweed.

Valuable Late Bloomers For a Natural Garden

A coneflower plant develops bushy clumps from which the striking flowers with dark centres rise from July. Some varieties enchant the garden into October. Below are some recommendations from our Lubera® range.

  • Rudbeckia fulgida sullivantii 'Goldsturm' is a popular, long-flowering variety that shows remarkable, large cups with long petalled flowers. It comes into its own in small or large groups.
  • Rudbeckia fulgida var. 'Deamii' is a coneflower that is tolerant of drought, making it the perfect alternative to 'Goldsturm'.
  • The giant coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima) makes an impressive appearance in any garden. With its sturdy stems and tall growth, it fits perfectly in the background of perennial beds.
  • The 'Autumn Sun' variety decorates the late summer garden with its lemon yellow flowers, from the centre of which a greenish eye rises. With its broad, bushy growth, it reaches an impressive 2 metres in height.
  • The good flowering 'Prairie Glow' (October coneflower) develops a beautiful interplay of flowers in yellow, orange and red. With a height of about one metre, it belongs in the middle tier in the bed.
  • 'Henry Eilers' captivates with an unusual flower shape. The light yellow, tubular flowers end in broad tongues. The variety is particularly effective in groups, for example in prairie-like plantings.
  • 'Little Gold Star' is the little sister of the 'Goldsturm' variety, which cuts a good figure in the front of a bed or in all types of planters.

Interesting Facts About Rudbeckia

The genus Rudbeckia belongs to the daisy family (Asteraceae) and has about 20 different species, all of which come from North America. Several types are interesting for the garden area. These include, for example, the common type, Rudbeckia fulgida, which grows to a height of about one metre, and Rudbeckia nitida. The latter forms tall, stable clumps in the garden.

In their homeland, they have their natural sites on moist meadows or dry prairies. The coneflower has a clumpy growth and can spread over time through expansive rhizomes. In contrast to the red coneflower (Echinacea), a rudbeckia is relatively closely related to sunflowers; Echinacea is botanically more similar to the zinnias.

The plants have characteristic flower heads, which are covered all around with yellow ray flowers. Depending on the species, the petals stand horizontally or hang down slightly. After the flowers are in bloom, the perennial adorns itself with seed heads that are still attractive in the winter and serve as food for birds.

Location and Soil

The soil should be fresh and sufficiently supplied with nutrients. Loamy soil is favourable, waterlogging should be avoided. The location is ideally sunny to partially shaded. Lean garden soil should be improved with compost before planting.

If you have a sunny terrace or balcony, you can also plant a compact growing type in a container.


You should choose a planting distance of 40 to 60 centimetres. Three to four plants per square metre are recommended in a group planting.


The yellow coneflower turns out to be very easy to care for if it finds the ideal conditions. In the garden, you can ensure a humus-rich soil by incorporating well-rotted compost every year. In principle, fertilisation at the beginning of growth in the spring and a second time in June is optimal.

When cultivating the plant in a container, it should be watered regularly. A two-week administration of nutrients with liquid fertiliser is advisable. You should stop fertilising in August. In the winter it is advisable to insulate the plant and place it on wood or polystyrene.

Pruning can only be done after winter but is not absolutely necessary.

Tip: some representatives, such as 'Henry Eilers', are not particularly stable - they are best supported with a perennial ring.


It is advisable to divide the plant every four to five years. In this way, the vitality is preserved. This measure is particularly important on sandy soils, otherwise, the plant will not prove to be very long-lived. A coneflower can also be divided well for propagation. The best time to divide the plant is in March/April or September/October.

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