This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Rudbeckia "Prairie Sun"

My green-eyed flowers do look like "Prairie Sun" After more research, it looks like this is a newer introduction than the old-fashioned 'Irish Eyes' Prairie Sun is the same species as the black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta, but a different cultivar. It also looks like it will be an annual in my zone (6a). A description I found "The single, daisy flowers are a unique combination of gold and primrose yellow. ‘Prairie Sun’ is the first Rudbeckia with this pattern and a lime green central cone. Slightly later to flower than the old-fashioned ‘Irish Eyes,’ ‘Prairie Sun’ flowers prolifically from mid-summer until the plant is killed by freezing temperatures. The variety is distinctive from a distance due to the lighter pastel flower colours. ‘Prairie Sun’ offers all of the fine Rudbeckia qualities such as tall plants easily grown with little pest damage. ‘Prairie Sun’ is best grown as an annual." Thanks for the help in identifying this plant.


Blogger Black Eyed Susan said...

Yippee! I'm so pleased. Enjoy them.

June 29, 2006 10:28 AM


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