Sunday, February 17, 2013

Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy'

 Annual Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy' with perennial Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'
This is a great flower combo which is at its best right now. It is the first time I have grown the dark cherry coloured Rudbeckia and I am impressed by the tall sturdy flowering stems which carry many flowers. The flower buds open near black and tan before aging to ruby red. Leaves are typically coarsely hairy and appear as round bristly scallops hugging the ground after seeds germinate. I have another batch of seedlings which I have just potted on and wonder whether they will get up to speed and flower before the onset of shorter days and cooler weather. The ideal time for sowing Rudbeckia seed is Spring.

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