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syn. Rudbeckia columnifera
Other common names: Prairie coneflower, Long-headed coneflower, Thimbleflower
Characteristics: Annual 45 cm
Seeds per packet: 50
An attractive north American wildflower with feathery leaves and long stems of yellow or yellow and red-brown flower heads with drooping petals resembling a Mexican hat.
Plant in drifts or grouped for best effect. The long stems make these ideal for cut flower arrangements.
Adaptable to most moist soils in an open sunny position, frost and drought resistant.
Tropical: Late autumn to mid-spring
Temperate: Mid-winter to mid-summer
Sow: Sow of surface and cover lightly, do not bury seed deeply as the seed requires light to germinate. Best sown direct.
Germination: 10-14 days
Plant space: 25cm (Plant in random drifts or grouped for best effect)
Flowering: 10-14 weeks
Feed with a soluble fertiliser every two weeks for stronger plants.