Rudbeckia maxima- (Coneflower)
This large and attractive plant will gain attention from the back of your border. It has handsome, blue-green leaves, and produces large yellow flowers in mid summer . The yellow petals of the flowers surround a large, almost black, centre cone. It is great for cutting.
Rudbeckia Maxima forms a low clump of large blue-grey leaves. From this low clump rise tall stems of yellow flowered daisies which have large erect black cones in the middle of them in mid-summer. They are good for cutting. The basal leaves are spectacular, and the plant, being so handsome, can be used as a specimen on its own, as well as being placed at the back of a border. In mild winter regions the lower leaves may remain evergreen. Clumps can easily be divided in early spring. Stems are self-supporting and seldom need to be staked. The flowers are attractive to butterflies. Deadhead regularly to extend flowering and encourage further blooms. Deadhead if you do not wish to self-seed.
The plant prefers a moist well-drained soil in full sun. Do not allow soil to dry out. Mulch if soil is prone to drying out. However once established the plant can tolerate a certain amount of drought, if it is well mulched.
Note: 12 seeds in packet
Sow indoors in late winter and spring and outdoors in spring. Sow seed onto moist well-drained seed compost. Just cover with a fine layer of vermiculite. Propagate 18-20°C. Keep soil moist but not wet. Germination takes 10-15 days. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle to 8cm pots. Grow on in cooler conditions. Acclimatise and plant out after danger of frost has passed with 45cm spacing. Can be sown directly from late October. Sow thinly 3mm deep into well prepared soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Water regularly. When large enough to handle thin to 45cm spacing.
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