Spectacular Rudbeckia maxima has striking black cones, surrounded by lemon-yellow petals. So no wonder it is known as the Giant Coneflower.
And a giant it truly is.
As it has large, wonderful black cones like toffy top hats, atop tall, strong, towering blue-grey stems.
While blue-green, broad leaves make a beautiful colour contrast in a low foliage clump .
Rudbeckia maxima is also a superb floristry flower when cut for a vase.
As well as a star in the garden.
And fortunately the lofty flowers are long blooming, towering away over summer & autumn.
Plant Rudbeckia maxima in Sun to Part Shade.
Where it is hardy in heat, dry & frost.
And obligingly it also tolerates a wide range of soils, including sandy or clay.
So Rudbeckia maxima is recognized as a water-wise plant, and makes a spectacular addition to gardens where water is rationed.
It forms a delightfully coloured, perennial clump.
1m-1.4m H x 45cm W.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Sow at any time of year in punnets indoors / or scatter the seed directly in the garden spring or autumn.
INDOORS: Sow in punnets on surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then gently press the seeds onto the surface of the mix to ensure good contact.
Now barely cover seed, because light is needed for germination.
Now thoroughly moisten the mix from below by placing the sown punnet into a water bath, so the moisture percolates up through the mix from the bottom.
Soak for a short time until moisture appears on the surface of the mix, and then drain.
As the mix needs to be remain moist but not wet.
Then place the punnet in a warm, well-lit position (not in direct sun).
Temperatures of 18-21°C approx. are best for rapid and optimum germination.
You can use a temperature controlled heat mat if you have one, but it is not essential.
And continue to keep the punnet moist by using a spray water bottle, or re-soaking in the water bath, as required.
Adding a clear plastic cover also helps to retain moisture.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 10-15 days.
SEED COUNT: 10 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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