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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    3 3 4 4b 5 5b 6 6b 7 7b 8 8b 9 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    A cottage garden favorite, black-eyed susan features masses of ferociously yellow flowers that attract butterflies. They are incredibly hardy and tolerate a wide variety of conditions, making them ideal for naturalizing.


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    Latin Name

    Rudbeckia fulgida



    Also Known As

    Perennial coneflower , Orange coneflower

    Type of Plant

    Perennials Perennials

    Bloom Season

    June - October


    Summer Summer
    Fall Fall


    Max height Max Height: 3'
    Max spread Max Spread: 3'


  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Air Pollution
  • Deer
  • Drought
  • Clay Soil
  • Dry Soil
  • Shallow-Rocky Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Birds Birds
    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range

    Eastern North America


    John Bartram of Philadelphia was selling orange coneflower in his 1770 catalog.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator
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    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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