Botanical Name: Rudbeckia laciniata
Common Name: Cutleaf Coneflower, Greenhead Coneflower, Wild Goldenglow
Description: This is a very unique Florida native coneflower. It can get large with the plant growing 3-4′ tall and wide and the flower stalks growing another 1-2′ tall. It doesn’t mind being planted alongside other tall plants to give it some support. Its native habitat is moist sites, so if it’s grown in full sun, make sure it’s in an area that stays moist. It won’t like being in a very sunny, very dry area. Will also grow in part sun or part shade areas. Will do just fine in a rain garden area, but it doesn’t like wet roots on a continual basis. The beautiful yellow flowers with green seed centers bloom summer to fall. The green seeds turn brown as they age. Birds love to eat the seeds, so don’t deadhead faded flowers. This is a perennial, so it’ll die to the ground in areas with freezes in the winter. In mild winters, it’ll die down to a basal rosette of leaves. Looking at the leaves, it’s easy to see where it gets its common name of “cutleaf coneflower.” The flower heads are 2 ½” to 3” across and attract many pollinating insects including: long-tongued and short-tongued bees, predatory wasps, butterflies, skippers, moths, some beetles, and flies. Special value to native bees and honey bees. Deer resistant.
Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water. Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Plant Lore: Early spring leaves boiled for greens by Cherokees and other Southeastern Native people.
This plant in 1-gallon containers is 1-2′ tall.
Florida Hardiness Zones 8 – 9 / East Gulf Coastal Plain Ecoregion