This was Ellen's pick for favorite plant one year and we know why - it's a stunning, native variety of Rudbeckia which grows 4-5 feet tall. It has a narrowly upright shape. The blooms are 2 inches across and a brilliant yellow starburst color. The flower petals are completely quilled and there is a brown center cone. The foliage smells of vanilla! Commonly called "Brown Eye Susan."
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Sun, Partial shade
July, August, September
May need to be staked
Prune to the ground in late fall after several frosts or leave standing till Spring for Winter interest.