Autumn Sun Coneflower

Rudbeckia laciniata 'Herbstsonne'

Regular price $12.00

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 strong stemmed 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 rich soil, but will grow in a variety of soil types, including clay, and tolerates periodic drought and flooding. Plants will be more compact when grown in sun, but they produce plenty of blooms in part sun.

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

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.

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AL, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV $12.00
AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI MO, MS, NH, RI, VT and WI $14.00
CO, IA, KS, ME, MN, NE, ND, OK, SD, and TX $16.00


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.

Are your plants shipped in their containers?

Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions of the containers are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep or 32 fl. oz.

How long will it take to get my order?

All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. When you select the "ship now" option, your order will be shipped within one week.

Can I get my plants shipped at a later date?

Yes, in the shopping cart select the week you would like your order to be shipped on.

What shipping carriers do you use?

USPS Priority Mail and UPS Ground for larger orders.

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.


Unfortunately, due to the perishable nature of plants, they can’t be returned for a refund. If your plants arrive damaged or you are unhappy with them, please let us know straight away.

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.