Rudbeckia – to the Max

Rudbeckia maxima

Meet Rudbecki maxima – or giant coneflower. It’s big. It’s bold. It’s in-your-face yellow, and I love it. It’s an American native (to a few western states) with grayish green foliage and tall strong stems. Very tall stems. This is definitely a back of the border or major statement plant that grows from five to seven feet tall, but doesn’t need staking.

Fine Gardening says it “makes a strong vertical statement.” Yes indeed, it most certainly does.

The cones are big, too, and get to be about 4 inches tall, to the great delight of birds, especially goldfinches. It’s hardy to zone 4, and is a plant that grows naturally in wet places, although it has proven to be drought-tolerant here.

This plant likes full sun to part shade and average soil. Rust, aphids and powdery mildew can be problems, but in my experience, this is a tough, trouble-free plant.

Check out the foliage - different and cool!


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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2 Responses to Rudbeckia – to the Max

  1. cj wright says:

    It’s so great to see our native plants spotlighted. This one’s spectacular!


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