Rudbeckia Fulgida Goldsturm
Rudbeckia Fulgida Goldsturm flowers
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Rudbeckia Fulgida Goldsturm, also known as Echinacea Yellow Storm, or Coneflower Goldsturm, is instantly recognisable as the tall golden clump of daisy-like blooms brightening up a garden in late summer. Coneflower Goldsturm is an herbaceous perennial that will flower from August to October. Its dark green ovate foliage appears lush and fresh before developing a crown of golden yellow flowers that have orange to dark-brown eyes. Each bloom measures up to 12 centimetres across and attracts a variety of pollinators. The RHS have given Rudbeckia Fulgida Goldsturm the Award of Garden Merit AGM and it is popular with gardeners and flower arrangers for the strong colour.
How Hardy Is Rudbeckia Fulgida Goldsturm?
Rudbeckia Fulgida Goldsturm is fully hardy in the UK, withstanding frosts and snow before it re-shoots in spring. If its roots are keep out of water-logged soil, it will re-shoot for many years. Unlike some perennials, Goldsturm’s yellow blooms can withstand the summer rain and wind.
How To Use Rudbeckia Fulgida Goldsturm
Echinacea Yellow Storm will grow to a maximum of half to one metre and spread across the same distance within two to three years depending on the soil quality.
Plant a clump in amongst tall grasses for a wild meadow effect or pack in with other late summer perennials to finish off the growing season with a bang. They look best in drifts, and clumping several along the length of your flower border will stretch the eye, giving the illusion of more space.
You can plant Echinacea Yellow Storm in a container too, but do make sure it doesn’t dry out.
Cut flower arrangements benefit from Rudbeckia Fulgida Goldsturm because they last well after cutting and give a bright boost to an arrangement. They also dry well for craft projects with dried flowers or for dried flower arrangements.
How To Care For Rudbeckia Fulgida Goldsturm
Coneflower Goldsturm resembles a mini sunflower, but requires much less care. The erect stems do not need stakes and the foliage is not particularly attractive to snails.
Rudbeckia Fulgida Goldsturm prefers a well-drained but moist soil of any pH. It will grow best in clay, chalk or loam soils, but will manage in most spots if it does not dry out. A sunny spot is preferential, lighting up the golden flowers, but Coneflower Goldsturm has a tolerant habit, and it will thrive in partial shade too.
If you deadhead any spent blooms they will repeat flower throughout August and October, often lasting until the first frosts. During the winter you can remove dead foliage ready for the next season’s growth.
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