August Plant of the Month

Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan

Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan

Latin Name: Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Family: Asteraceae

Zone: 3 to 9

Height: 2 to 3 feet

Spread: 1 to 2 feet

Bloom Time: June to September

Bloom Description: Yellow rays with black center disk

Sun: Full sun

Water: Dry to medium


Easily grown in average, moist, well-drained soils in full sun.  Best bloom occurs in full sun, although plants will tolerate light shade.  Deadhead spent flowers to encourage additional bloom.  Plants slowly spread in the garden by rhizomes.


An upright, clump-forming perennial that typically grows 2-3’ tall.  Features large, daisy-like flowers with deep yellow rays and dark brownish-black center disks.  Flowers appear singly on stiff, branching stems in a prolific, long-lasting, mid-summer-to-fall bloom.  Good fresh cut flower.