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Rudbeckia fulgida (Orange coneflower)
Bloodworth, Stefan

Rudbeckia fulgida

Rudbeckia fulgida Aiton

Orange coneflower, Orange Rudbeckia, Perennial black-eyed Susan

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: rufu2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (I)

This is a perennial coneflower with yellow-orange, slightly curved petals, each toothed at its apex. The 1-3 ft. stems and scattered, oval leaves are covered with bristly hairs. Flower heads are 2-3 in. wide. Southeastern forms of this variable species have smaller flowers.

Rudbeckia fulgida is a variable species with numerous varieties.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
Native Distribution: NJ to IN, s. to FL & e. TX
Native Habitat: Open woods; meadows; pastures

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Various soils.
Conditions Comments: Easy and trouble-free, Rudbeckia fulgida is a variable species with numerous varieties. It self-sows and produces abundant offsets.


Attracts: Birds

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Sow seeds in fall or provide cold stratification. Can be divided.
Seed Collection: Seeds can be allowed to dry out before sowing.
Seed Treatment: This species requires or benefits from a three month period of cold moist stratification in the refrigerator.
Commercially Avail: yes

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National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Wrights Nursery - Briggs, TX
Amandas Garden - Springwater, NY
Enchanter's Garden - Hinton, WV
Prairie Nursery - Westfield, WI
Far South Wholesale Nursery - Austin, TX

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College, The - Valhalla, NY
Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
* Available Online from Wildflower Center Store


Bibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Rudbeckia fulgida in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Rudbeckia fulgida in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Rudbeckia fulgida


Record Modified: 2013-09-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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