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Rudbeckia laciniata

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Also in this family:
Alpine Blue Sow-thistle, Alpine Cotula, Alpine Fleabane, Alpine Saw-wort, Annual Ragweed, Annual Sunflower, Argentine Fleabane, Autumn Hawkbit, Autumn Oxeye, Beaked Hawksbeard, Beggarticks, Bilbao Fleabane, Black Knapweed, Black-eyed Susan, Blanketflower, Blue Fleabane, Blue Globe-thistle, Bristly Oxtongue, Broad-leaved Cudweed, Broad-leaved Ragwort, Brown Knapweed, Butterbur, Buttonweed, Cabbage Thistle, Canadian Fleabane, Canadian Goldenrod, Carline Thistle, Chalk Knapweed, Chamois Ragwort, Changing Michaelmas Daisy, Chicory, Chinese Mugwort, Chinese Ragwort, Coltsfoot, Common Blue Sow-thistle, Common Cat's-ear, Common Cudweed, Common Daisy, Common Dandelion, Common Fleabane, Common Goldenrod, Common Groundsel, Common Michaelmas Daisy, Common Mugwort, Common Ragwort, Common Wormwood, Confused Michaelmas Daisy, Corn Chamomile, Corn Marigold, Cornflower, Cotton Thistle, Cottonweed, Creeping Thistle, Daisy Bush, Dwarf Cudweed, Dwarf Thistle, Early Goldenrod, Eastern Groundsel, Eastern Leopardsbane, Elecampane, English Hawkweed, Fen Ragwort, Feverfew, Field Fleawort, Field Wormwood, Fox and Cubs, French Tarragon, Gallant Soldier, Garden Lettuce, Giant Butterbur, Glabrous-headed Hawkweed, Glandular Globe-thistle, Glaucous Michaelmas Daisy, Globe Artichoke, Globe-thistle, Goat's Beard, Golden Ragwort, Golden Samphire, Goldilocks Aster, Grass-leaved Goldenrod, Great Lettuce, Greater Burdock, Greater Knapweed, Grey-headed Hawkweed, Guernsey Fleabane, Hairless Blue Sow-thistle, Hairless Leptinella, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy, Harpur Crewe's Leopardsbane, Hawkweed Oxtongue, Heath Cudweed, Heath Groundsel, Hemp Agrimony, Highland Cudweed, Hoary Mugwort, Hoary Ragwort, Hybrid Knapweed, Intermediate Burdock, Irish Fleabane, Jersey Cudweed, Jerusalem Artichoke, Lance-leaved Hawkweed, Lavender-cotton, Leafless Hawksbeard, Least Lettuce, Leopardplant, Leopardsbane, Leptinella, Lesser Burdock, Lesser Hawkbit, Lesser Sunflower, London Bur-marigold, Magellan Ragwort, Marsh Cudweed, Marsh Hawksbeard, Marsh Ragwort, Marsh Sow-thistle, Marsh Thistle, Meadow Thistle, Melancholy Thistle, Mexican Fleabane, Milk Thistle, Mountain Everlasting, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Musk Thistle, Narrow-leaved Cudweed, Narrow-leaved Hawkweed, Narrow-leaved Michaelmas Daisy, Narrow-leaved Ragwort, New England Hawkweed, New Zealand Holly, Nipplewort, Nodding Bur-marigold, Northern Hawksbeard, Norwegian Mugwort, Oxeye Daisy, Oxford Ragwort, Pearly Everlasting, Perennial Cornflower, Perennial Ragweed, Perennial Sow-thistle, Perennial Sunflower, Pineapple Mayweed, Plantain-leaved Leopardsbane, Ploughman's Spikenard, Plymouth Thistle, Pontic Blue Sow-thistle, Pot Marigold, Prickly Lettuce, Prickly Sow-thistle, Purple Coltsfoot, Rayed Tansy, Red Star Thistle, Red-seeded Dandelion, Red-tipped Cudweed, Robin's Plantain, Roman Chamomile, Rough Cocklebur, Rough Hawkbit, Rough Hawksbeard, Russian Lettuce, Safflower, Salsify, Saw-wort, Scented Mayweed, Scentless Mayweed, Sea Aster, Sea Mayweed, Sea Wormwood, Seaside Daisy, Shaggy Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shaggy Soldier, Shasta Daisy, Shetland Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shrub Ragwort, Sicilian Chamomile, Silver Ragwort, Slender Mugwort, Slender Thistle, Small Cudweed, Small Fleabane, Smooth Cat's-ear, Smooth Hawksbeard, Smooth Sow-thistle, Sneezeweed, Sneezewort, Spear Thistle, Spotted Cat's-ear, Spotted Hawkweed, Sticky Groundsel, Stinking Chamomile, Stinking Hawksbeard, Tall Fleabane, Tall Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Tansy, Thin-leaved Sunflower, Trifid Bur-marigold, Tuberous Thistle, Tyneside Leopardplant, Viper's Grass, Wall Lettuce, Welsh Groundsel, Welted Thistle, White Butterbur, White Buttons, Willdenow's Leopardsbane, Winter Heliotrope, Wood Burdock, Wood Ragwort, Woody Fleabane, Woolly Thistle, Yarrow, Yellow Chamomile, Yellow Fox and Cubs, Yellow Oxeye, Yellow Star Thistle, Yellow Thistle, York Groundsel
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
2.5 metres tall
Floodplains, gardens, grassland, riverbanks, riversides, roadsides, wasteland, waterside.

Yellow, many petals
Daisy-like, golden yellow flowers with reflexed petals. Disc florets are brownish-green, forming a flattened cone, hence that name 'Coneflower'. Flowers measure between 7 and 14cm across. Pollinated by bees and hoverflies.
The fruit is an achene. The seeds mature from August to October.
A hairless perennial plant with deeply dissected leaves. They are lance-shaped and alternate along the stems. They are also toothed.
Other Names:
Cone Flower, Cutleaf, Cutleaf Coneflower, Goldenglow, Green Headed Coneflower, Tall Coneflower, Thimbleweed, Wild Goldenglow.
Frequency (UK):

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Other Information


Rudbeckia laciniata, also known as tall coneflower or green-headed coneflower, is a species of flowering plant in the Asteraceae family. It is native to the United States and is found primarily in the eastern and central parts of the country. The plant is a tall, upright perennial with hairy stems and large, bright yellow flowers with elongated, drooping petals. The flowers have a dark center cone and typically bloom in late summer and fall. Rudbeckia laciniata is a popular garden plant, and is often grown for its showy flowers and ability to attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. It is relatively easy to grow and is resistant to drought and pests.


Coneflowers are a popular choice for gardeners and landscapers alike. One species in particular, Rudbeckia laciniata, stands out from the crowd. Also known as the Cutleaf Coneflower, this plant offers an abundance of unique features and benefits, making it an excellent addition to any garden.

Rudbeckia laciniata is a native wildflower to North America and is commonly found growing in the meadows and prairies of the Midwest and Eastern United States. This hardy plant is well adapted to survive in a wide range of conditions, making it an ideal choice for gardeners looking to add a touch of natural beauty to their yard.

One of the most notable features of Rudbeckia laciniata is its large, yellow, daisy-like flowers. The flowers can grow up to 5 inches wide and are held on tall, sturdy stems that can reach heights of up to 8 feet. The petals of the flower are fringed with ragged edges, giving them a unique, wild appearance that is sure to turn heads.

In addition to its stunning flowers, Rudbeckia laciniata is also valued for its lacy, fern-like foliage. The leaves are a brilliant green color and are deeply cut, giving the plant an airy, delicate appearance that is sure to complement any garden setting. The foliage is also highly resistant to insect and disease damage, making it a low-maintenance choice for gardeners.

Another benefit of Rudbeckia laciniata is its versatility. This plant is suitable for a wide range of garden styles, from naturalistic gardens to formal landscapes. It can be used as a specimen plant, planted in mass to create a stunning display, or incorporated into mixed borders for a touch of color and texture.

Rudbeckia laciniata is also a favorite among pollinators, attracting a variety of insects, including bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects to the garden. This makes it a valuable addition to any garden, as it helps to support the local ecosystem and promote healthy pollination.

In conclusion, Rudbeckia laciniata is a stunning and versatile wildflower that is sure to add beauty and interest to any garden. With its brilliant yellow flowers, lacy foliage, and low-maintenance requirements, it's no wonder why this species of coneflower is so highly prized by gardeners and landscapers alike. Whether you're looking to add a touch of natural beauty to your yard or simply want to create a stunning garden display, Rudbeckia laciniata is a plant that is sure to deliver.

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