Little Goldstar Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Little Goldstar’)
Little Goldstar Black-Eyed Susan
Little Goldstar Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Little Goldstar’) is a heavy-blooming, knee-high variety. It’s a stand-out in any setting with its vibrant yellow-orange color. Black-Eyed Susans are a beloved native species that do well in most of the country with very little care. A Little Goldstar in your yard ensures a burst of sunshine from midsummer to fall!
The two-inch blossoms are yellow-orange sunbursts of color densely covering the rounded plant. Prominent, dark centers are a dramatic contrast to the brilliant, ray-petalled flowers. These showy blooms are a perfect foil for the dark green foliage.
Butterflies and honeybees add even more color to your yard, as Little Goldstar Black-Eyed Susan is a wonderful nectar source. There is hardly a moment when it won’t be covered with helpful pollinators.
Little Goldstar is an incredibly hardy perennial. Leave the blooms on in the fall so songbirds can feast on the seeds of the dried cone. They’ll also capture and sculpt the snow to add very welcome winter interest.
For bright, long-lasting color with little care, the Little Goldstar simply can’t be beat! Gardeners like you have reported up to 80 flowers on a single plant! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 9, these smaller perennials grow 12-18 inches wide and tall when in bloom.
This petite plant makes a wonderful focal point in the yard. Use these wonderful perennials as a long-blooming “ribbon” of color along the edge of your garden border.
Try them in large exterior containers, too. Use them as a single species, or add “Spillers” to the edges of your container to soften the look. They will look great on your patio or on either side of your front door.
They stay compact enough for the front of the bed as edging. These Rudbeckias can be a beautiful facer plant to leggy shrubs with bare stems, or even better in groupings that dazzle in the Cottage Garden and mixed perennial border. Can you imagine a mass planting of these blooms enlivening the sunny side of a mature evergreen tree?
Create a low-maintenance mass planting by spacing these herbaceous perennials 14 inches apart on center. You’ll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.
They make a perfect housewarming present for a first-time homeowner. And smart, savvy homeowners rely on them for sunny borders. They give so much color, without requiring much work at all.
Cut stems of Little Goldstar and use them as a long-lived addition to cut flower arrangements. Don’t forget to include the deep green foliage in your bouquet. Dry some of the season’s last blooms by bunching them together with a rubber band, then hanging them upside down. Add dried Ornamental Grass blades and seed heads, bright Red Twig Dogwood branches and evergreen boughs for naturalistic winter decorations.
Winter-hardy, heat and drought-tolerant, and so easy to grow, Little Goldstar Black-Eyed Susan is a great plant for beginning gardeners. It won’t require much care and is both rugged and durable. Plant in full, all-day sunlight or partial shade. It will need at least four hours of direct sun a day. Please note that the best blooms come from a planting site in full sun. These prairie plants do need well-drained soil. If you see puddles that remain long after rain, grow them in a raised bed or container.
Give brand-new plants careful watering during their first season in your landscape. Use the “Finger Test” to understand when to water. Poke your finger into the soil near the root ball. If it feels moist, no need to water that day. Check again soon. If it’s getting dry, provide a medium amount of water. After the first season, you’ll not need to provide supplemental water. This is true unless you have an extended drought. These perennials appreciate 3-4 inches of mulch over the entire root system for best results.
Remove spent flowers by using sharp scissors or garden snips. It only takes a moment or two, and deadheading the plants will greatly increase the flowering. Call it “me time” to enjoy your garden. Or, leave the dried plants standing over the winter. Birds will eat the seeds and you will enjoy winter interest! In early spring, cut the stalks off an inch above ground level.
Very hardy and easy to grow, save room for these gorgeous native plants.
|Common name||Little Goldstar Black-Eyed Susan|
|Botanical name||Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Little Goldstar'|
|Height||12 - 18 inches|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Pruning time||Early Spring|