Cutleaf Coneflower

Rudbeckia laciniata

Cutleaf Coneflower, scientifically known as Rudbeckia laciniata, is a splendid perennial native to North America. It is celebrated for its tall, graceful stems adorned with golden yellow blossoms and deeply cut leaves.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Origin: This perennial is native to eastern North America, ranging from the Great Plains to the eastern United States.
Family: Asteraceae (Aster family)
Size: Typically grows to a height of 3 to 10 feet (0.9 to 3 meters)
Sun: Grows in full sun to shade.
Watering: Regular watering, especially during dry spells, is crucial for establishing young plants.
Growth Rate:
Soil: Well-drained, moderately fertile soil is ideal. It is adaptable to various soil types, including clay and sandy soils.
Pruning: Deadhead spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming. Cut back stems in late winter or early spring to promote healthy growth.
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Cutleaf Coneflower is a favorite among bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, making it an excellent choice for wildlife-friendly gardens. Its extensive root system makes it effective in stabilizing soil along streambanks and other water bodies. Special value to native bees and honey bees.
Notes: Because it spreads rampantly by underground stems, cut-leaf coneflower is only appropriate for large sites.


Springtime Sanctuaries: The Importance of Leaving Stems for Pollinators

In the delicate dance of spring’s arrival, our gardens hold secrets of renewal. Among them, the steadfast sentinels of last year’s growth stand tall – the perennial and grass stems. While their outward appearance may suggest dormancy, within their midst lies a bustling ecosystem.

Many insects, including beneficial ones like bees, butterflies, and ladybugs, overwinter in the hollow stems of perennials and grasses. These stems provide shelter from harsh winter conditions, protecting them until spring.

The uncut perennial and grass stems also serve as valuable nesting material for various bird species. Birds, especially those that build cup-shaped nests, such as finches and sparrows, often seek out these stems. They will gather and weave them into their nests, providing a secure and insulated environment for their eggs and fledglings.

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