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Rudbeckia laciniata

Rudbeckia laciniata
cutleaf coneflower; tall coneflower
With their brown-eyed susan cousins in the foreground
Common name cutleaf coneflower; tall coneflower
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-9)
Flowers yellow (late summer)
Size 2-9'
Light sun-part shade

We grew the named variety 'Goldquelle' of this native wildflower for some years, but I have no idea where the wild type that sprouted in our front lane came from. It's certainly out of place, near the front of the border and leaning into the pathway, but I decided to let it grow, and it rewarded us with cheerful yellow coneflowers starting in August, when the plant had grown to at least seven feet tall.
The species is native to all but the western-most states, and usually grows in moist soils. But it seems to do just fine in regular garden soil.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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