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Rudbeckia laciniata

Cutleaf Coneflower

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This tall, showy summer-blooming sunflower provides nectar and seed to wildlife. 

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This tall, showy summer-blooming sunflower provides nectar and seed to wildlife. Flowers bloom on tips of multi-branching stems growing from a central stalk. Daisy-like flowers have a prominent yellow-green center disc, surrounded by vertically hanging yellow petals. The center disc darkens and elongates as the the seeds mature. Cutleaf Coneflower prefers partial shade and moist fertile soil. Plant along woodland borders and in moist meadows.

Wildlife Value: Numerous pollinators including long- and short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, butterflies and moths all nectar on Cutleaf Coneflower. New Jersey’s state bird, the American Goldfinch, feeds on the seeds in late summer and fall. 

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Flower, Perennial

New Jersey Native: Yes

Bloom Times: Summer, Late Summer to Fall

Bloom Colors: Yellow

Deer Resistance: Some

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies, Birds

Salt Tolerance: Unknown

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic, Sandy

Soil Moisture: Moist, Wet

Soil pH: Neutral, Slightly Alkaline, Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Partial Shade

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Moist, Wet

Drought Tolerance: Low

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 2 - 9 ft

Spread: 1.5 - 3 ft

Growth Rate: Medium