Syn. Rudbeckia purpurea
Native Region: Central to Eastern North America
Zone Range: 03-09
Preferred Climate: Continental to temperate
Harvest Date: Tuesday 10 October, 2017
Seed count: 25-30
This erect perennial has lance-shaped, slightly hairy leaves and bears 6-inch flowerheads with conical, orange-brown disks and pink or purplish-pink ray florets. Height to 4 feet.
Open pollinated in the Alma VanDusen Meadow, these seeds should produce a range of interesting variants. This is the plant that is the source of so many herbal cold and flu preparations.
Sow seeds in containers in the spring for best results, although seed may be scattered where it is to grow. Grow in deep, well-drained humusy soil in full sun. For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant.