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Rudbeckia hirta

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How long has it been on the market?

First in the series became available in 2017 with more arriving each year

Height/Width

12-15” tall, 12-15” wide

Sun/shade requirements

Full sun

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USDA Zones

Hardy to Zones 7-9

Habit

Upright

Flower color

The SmileyZ series offers a range from traditional black-eyed Susan to more exotic rusty red petals with copper tips and dark chocolate cones.

Foliage

Green

Container suggestions

Take one (or many) SmileyZ home in the spring to use as fillers or bedding plants, or buy some in mid-summer to spruce up empty spots and make gloriously happy containers for any spot.

With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a ‘thriller’ in the ‘spiller-thriller-filler’ container combination. Plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges.

Consumer care requirements

When growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.