Orange Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida)

Orange Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida)

A favorite of perennial gardens for its large, deep green leaves and almost-orange flowers. Butterflies and pollinators love it, too. Slowly spreads to form large clumps. Blooms later than most yellow flowers, making it a perfect companion for New England Aster and Bottle Gentian in rain gardens.


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:    Medium-Dry, Medium-Wet
Height:    3 feet
Blooms:    July, Aug, Sept
Color:    Orange-Yellow
Spacing:    1-2′
Zones:    3-9
Benefits:    Butterflies, Pollinators, Birds

Design Tips

Orange Coneflower is a better choice than common Black Eyed Susan because it’s a perennial that doesn’t spread easily by seed. It’s best planted in drifts near the border or middle of the garden. It spreads slowly by underground rhizomes (roots), creating thick mats of leaves and flowers. Plant with New England Aster or Bottle Gentian for a nice color combination in late summer.

Companion Plants

Meadow Blazing Star
New England Aster
Bottle Gentian
Great Blue Lobelia
Prairie Blazing Star