|Rudbeckia 'Henry Eilers'|
From Walters Gardens inc.:
Botanical Name: Rudbeckia subtomentosa'Henry Eilers'rud-BEK-ee-ah sub-toe-men-TOE-sahCommon Name: 'Henry Eilers' sweet coneflowerGenus: Rudbeckia
The unique, finely quilled, 2-inch-wide flowers are what make 'Henry Eilers' stand out from the rest of the coneflowers. The petals sit separate from one another, forming a brilliant, golden yellow starburst around a dark brownish purple cone. The blooms grow on strong, upright, 4- to 5-foot-tall stems in late summer, and are produced in such abundance that you can cut some for bouquets and you'll never even notice they are missing from the garden. The stems are covered with a soft, hairy down, while the leaves have a pleasing vanilla-and-anise scent.Noteworthy characteristics: Drought tolerant and low maintenance. Good cut flower. Seed heads attract birds. This plant was discovered in Illinois.Care: Plant in full sun to light shade and average loam. Do not overfeed or overwater.Problems: Infrequent.
Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers'
|Common Name: Coneflower-Sweet|
'Henry Eilers' was discovered by Mr. Henry Eilers in a wild population of R. subtomentosa growing along a stream bank in Illinois. Mr. Eilers is an expert on the native flora of the Illinois region, a life long horticulturist, and a retired nurseryman.
R. subtomentosa is a tall, narrowly upright plant with fuzzy stems and flowers which are closer to yellow than gold in color. This species is a bit more shade tolerant than R. fulgida. Both fresh and dried foliage alike has the distinct scent of vanilla, an added bonus when used in bouquets.
R. subtomentosa occurs naturally in portions of the midwest, Ozark highlands, and southern Great Plains. It can be found in prairies, along streams, and in open wooded areas.
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Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
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From our source at North Creek Nurseries:
Henry Eilers sweet coneflower or sweet black-eyed Susan
USDA Hardiness Zone 5-7
In this region, in many counties, the only remnant of any virgin, unplowed prairie that remains is along railroad tracks. When the railroads were originally built in the 1800's, if they were going over a natural prairie, all they had to do was lay down the wooden crossties, pack in bed fill, and lay the rails....the remaining right-of-way remained essentially undisturbed. In many locales, a road also was constructed parallel to new tracks, so that the few hundred feet of railroad right-of-way trapped between the tracks and the road remained unplowed to this day, and in many areas has reserved a remarkable diversity of prairie species. In most areas, accidental fires happen fairly regularly, which enhances the vigor of the prairie vegetation.
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