Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Little Goldstar' PP22397
  Common Name: Black-Eyed Susan
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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Destined to become the new industry standard, this new Jelitto introduction is a terrific improvement over ‘Goldsturm’. 

While ‘Goldsturm’ can stand waist-high in bloom with tall, wispy flowering stems, ‘Little Goldstar’ is a much more compact, proportional plant.  Standing just knee high, this plant forms a bushy, short clump of rich green foliage covered with a dome of closely spaced, starburst-shaped, 2-2.5”, golden yellow blossoms held just above the foliage. 

Very well-branched scapes carry loads of flowers from midsummer through early fall.  Over 80 flowers have been counted on a single plant, making this selection more floriferous than 'Goldsturm'.

This plant looks fantastic in containers at retail and in the garden.  It coordinates perfectly with fall potted mums and asters.  

Since this variety is produced by tissue culture, the plants will be much more uniform than the seed grown ‘Goldsturm’, resulting in fewer losses for growers and retailers.

Intro Year: 2011

Introducer: Jelitto Perennial Seeds

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  14-16 Inches
Spread:
  14-16 Inches
Flower Color:
  Gold/Orange Shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts songbirds
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
  Late summer
  Early fall
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Attractive Seed Heads
  Fall Color
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Prairie
  Cottage
  Rain Garden
  Eclectic

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Size(s) Offered:

  Bare Root: #1 Grade (25ct)
  Plugs: 20ct
  Plugs: 72ct

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Mass Planting
Long blooming
Easy to grow

Awards:

  International Hardy Plant Union Outstanding Plant Award 2012

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Rudbeckias like full sun, but they also will do well in partial shade. Plant them in well-drained, not overly rich soil. Remove spent flowers in order to stimulate continuous bloom. 


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Echinacea purpurea 'Red Knee High' PP20411
Common Name: Coneflower-Purple
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Miscanthus 'Purpurascens'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Perovskia 'Little Spire' PP11643 CPBR1437
Common Name: Russian Sage
5,6,7,8,9
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Sedum 'Maestro' PP20094
Common Name: Stonecrop-Autumn
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Belamcanda chinensis 'Freckle Face'
Common Name: Blackberry Lily
4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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Euphorbia polychroma 'Bonfire' PP18585 COPF
Common Name: Spurge-Cushion
5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.