Autumn Sun Coneflower

Rudbeckia laciniata 'Herbstsonne'

Regular price $15

Container size:
4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep / 32 fl. oz.

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

Flowering period

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.

43-second video of pollinators feeding on Rudbeckia laciniata 'Herbstsonne'

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 4 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 Orders up to $50 Orders $51 to $100 Orders over $100
AL, DE, GA, KY, MD, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV $16 $18 $20
AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WI $18 $20 $22
IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX $20 $22 $24
CO, NE, ND, and SD $22 $24 $26


Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT, and WA due to agriculture restrictions.

When will my order be shipped?

All plants are shipped within two weeks of placing an order.

Is it okay to plant in the winter?

Yes, as long as the soil is not frozen. Planting native perennials in winter and early spring gives your plants a head start before the summer heat arrives.

What if it’s too cold to plant where I live, but I want to buy a plant before it sells out?

Dormant plants can safely be kept in a basement, garage, or cool room until you are ready to plant in late winter or early spring.

How will my plants get delivered?

Most orders are shipped on Monday or Tuesday via UPS Ground, which depending on the destination takes between 1 to 4 days.

Are your plants shipped in their containers?

Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The majority are grown in containers that are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 32 fl. oz. / 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.

Can I return my plants?

You can return your plants if you no longer want them once they arrive. To receive a refund (minus 20% restocking fee) the plants must be returned in good condition. Return shipping is the customer’s responsibility. 

Can I cancel my order?

Yes, you can cancel your order. Please visit our terms and service page for details.

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.