Perennial Plant of the Year 1999
Zone 3 - 9
This is an outstanding perennial, familiar to gardeners for decades. It is very easy to grow -- long lived and very hardy.. No matter how dry the summer or extreme the winter I have never lost a clump of 'Goldsturm'. I love its consistency and its dependability. 'Goldsturm' is a compact slowly spreading steadily outward to form an increasingly larger clump. It is not invasive, but it certainly is determined. 'Goldsturm' is a very upright plant covered with mid-sized, traditional black-eyed golden daisy blooms from mid-to-late summer. Like most Rudbeckia, 'Goldsturm' prefers a sunny location but is also quite tolerant of partial shade. It will do well in any reasonably good garden soil.
'Goldsturm' is a great companion perennial. Combine it with plants of similar height such as Sedum 'Autumn Joy' or Liatris spicata 'Kobold' -- or taller subjects such as ornamental grasses -- or use it for mass planting. And 'Goldsturm' retains its shape and distinctive black cone throughout the fall and winter, thereby providing excellent ornamentation in the otherwise dormant garden.
In addition to its fine garden qualities, 'Goldsturm' is an excellent cut flower -- fresh or dried -- and is also an excellent plant for attracting butterflies. HEIGHT: 60-75 cm SPREAD: 50-60 cm
1 gallon container size
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