Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


  • Product Info

    Cabbage Leaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima)
    Aster Family

    A very dramatic plant in all parts and seasons. Six foot tall, sturdy, stalks rise up from evergreen, blue-green, waxy basal leaves that can reach 2’ in length. Yellow, drooping petals surround an elongated brown cone that can be from 2-6’' tall. Goldfinches love to sit and sway on the tall stems and pick the seeds out once ripe. Not picky about soil type and very drought tolerant once established. It will spread slowly through rhizomes and self-seeds lightly. Not an overly-aggressive species.
    Blooms: Yellow, 3-4 weeks, May-June
    Leaves: Blue-green, cabbage shaped, up to 2’ long, evergreen basal foliage
    Height: 5-6’ 
    Space: 2-3’
    Soil: Average-Dry, tolerates most soil types 
    Exposure: Full sun  
    Fauna: Bees and butterflies, seeds for birds
    Seeds: 2-6” elongated seed head full of brown seeds
    Deer Resistance: Medium
    Zone: 5-9
    Native Status: Central US
    Provenance: Unknown, seed grown