Rudbeckia 'Herbstsonne' or Autumn Sun Coneflower is a tough, well-behaved native that will help transform your summer garden into a paradise for pollinators.
- Easy to grow
- Very showy bright yellow flowers
- Loved by butterflies and bees
- 5 to 7 ft. tall
- 3 to 4 ft. wide with a clump-forming habit
- Robust and perennial with attractive cut-leaf foliage
- Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9
In central North Carolina, flowering starts in July and continues for four to six weeks.
How to grow
Very adaptable. Autumn Sun Coneflower prefers moist soil, but will grow in a variety of soil types, including clay, and can tolerate periodic drought and flooding. Plants will be more compact when grown in the sun, but they produce plenty of blooms in part sun. The flowering stems are surprisingly sturdy and usually only require staking during wet growing seasons or if planted in overly fertile soil.
Care and maintenance
Cut the old stems back to the ground in late winter after the birds have eaten the seeds.
Where to plant
At the back of borders where it will create a dense mound of lush leaves that fill space and suppress weeds.
When to plant
It can be planted anytime the ground is not frozen. If planting in summer, keep plants well-watered until they get established.
When planting in a group, space plants about 3 ft. apart.
When will my plant flower?
Plants purchased and planted before May will flower their first year if placed in a well-prepared site and kept watered.
Source and origin
Plants are grown from division here at the nursery.
Herbstsonne translated from German means Autumn Sun which is likely in reference to when it blooms in Europe. The Royal Horticultural Society bestowed Rudbeckia laciniata 'Herbstsonne' with its Award of Garden Merit in 2002.
|States||Cost per order|
|AL, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV||$12|
|AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, RI, VT, and WI||$14|
|IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX||$16|
|CO, NE, ND, and SD||$18|
Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, and WA due to agriculture restrictions.When will my order be shipped?
All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. We ship on Monday and Tuesday so your plants don't get held up over the weekend. Orders placed after Sunday may (especially in spring) be shipped the following week.How will my plants get delivered?
Almost all orders are shipped via UPS Ground. Occasionally we'll use USPS Priority Mail for very small orders.Are your plants shipped in their containers?
Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 32 fl. oz. or 946 ml in volume.Do you guarantee your plants?
We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting, and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.
On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know.
If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.What about sales tax?
We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.Where can I find information about your plants?
Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.