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Rudbeckia 'Henry Eilers'

Charming quilled daisy-like flowers that make an exceptional display among grasses and in a vase.
Item: Rudsubheei

Closed for 2012.


Very unusual selection obtained from a small (and increasingly rare) remnant of prairie land in southern Illinois and named after the horticulturist who found it. Plant stays relativiely compact until June when it sends up flower stalks that reach upwards of five feet and begins blooming several weeks later. Blooms into September.

Leaves have a unique sweet vanilla scent. Flowers are quilled and born on long straight stems that make perfect cut flowers. Very long vase life. Has recently become very popular and featured in many prominent garden magazines. One of the true joys of late summer.


Grow this beauty at the back of the border. It is vigorous, but manageable. Will thrive with moist to wet soils, but will do well in most garden soils and conditions. Provide full sun for optimum bloom. Will also do well in part shade. Loves heat and humidity, but does not fair well under extended periods of drought. Suitable for large containers. Attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies.


Plant Size:
You are purchasing a fresh field division or fresh bare-root plant of Rudbeckia 'Henry Eilers'. Our field plants are dug right out of our gardens the same morning that we ship to ensure the freshest possible plant. Usually leaves are removed and roots trimmed to reduce moisture loss and better prepare the plant for shipping. We recommend that you unpack your shipment immediately upon arrival and soak the Rudbeckia 'Henry Eilers' crown for one hour. Plant in the evening or early morning and protect from temperature extremes.

We typically ship on Mondays (during the spring it sometimes takes a couple of days or more to get out all of our orders). Please notify us if your weather is approaching freezing or if it will be above 85 degrees. We do not recommend shipping or planting Rudbeckia 'Henry Eilers' in these conditions.

We guarentee that your Rudbeckia 'Henry Eilers' will arrive healthy and thrive in your garden. Please contact us immediately if your Rudbeckia 'Henry Eilers' arrives damaged in shipping or if your plant fails to thrive within 90 days. We will gladly issue a full refund or send a replacement. To file a claim, please visit our Contact Us page and fill out the "Order Problem" form.

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Family: Asteraceae
Scientific: Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers'
Common Names: Sweet Coneflower, Sweet Black-eyed Susan
Soil: Average garden soils.
Size: Fresh field grown, bare root (1+ Gallon)
USDA Zone: 5-8
Width: 24
Height: 60
Flower Height: 60
Water Requirements: Average to moist. Does not do well in dry soils or extended drought conditions.
Sun Requirements: Full sun for best bloom. Also does well in part shade.


Native Habitat: Midwest (US)
Patent Number: Not Patented
Parentage: Wild selection of Rudbeckia subtomentosa
Breeder: Found in the wild by horticulturist and nursery man 'Henry Eilers'. Introduced into the trade by Larry Lowman of Ridgecrest Nursery of Wynne, Arkansas
Images provided by Terra Nova Nurseries.
Description and other information written by Provenance Gardens and derived from information provided by Terra Nova Nurseries, North Creek Nurseries, Kemper Center for Home Gardening, and Wikipedia.
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