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To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold-hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm

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Goldsturm Black-eyed Susan is a burst of showy yellow color. The blooms are a gorgeous golden color with brown cones that make for beautiful cut flower bouquets. Goldsturm is deer resistant and is an ideal border plant. (Rudbeckia fulgida)

Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Native
Native
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 24-30" tall, 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid summer to early fall
SKU 146PER

Plant Information

24-30" tall x 18-24" wide, this is at or near the top of every experts list of the best perennials of all. Developed in Germany, this is a hybrid of one of our native wildflowers, the Black-eyed Susan, and its one of the most useful perennials ever introduced.

As you may know, the common roadside Black-eyed Susan is named Rudbeckia hirta, and its a biennial. (We have the seed in our Wildflower Seed Section, and its a mainstay of wildflower mixtures. But its not dependably perennial.)

This is what prompted interest in the hardiest perennial species in the Rudbeckia group. (They look exactly alike) The tough native perennial Black Eyed Susan is R. fulgida, so this is the one a German hybridizer used to create the now-famous Goldsturm strain. (In German, Goldsturm means, literally, Gold Storm.)

Today, these tough, hardy, heavy-flowering plants light up our landscapes everywhere from backyard gardens to flower borders at gas stations and malls. This fantastic plant spreads slowly, is easy to divide when it grows large, and never fails with weeks and weeks of wonderful golden blooms. This is a classic perennial that every garden must have.

Associated SKUs
ABLXSXX
146PER (Plant - 2.5" pot)
AFLXS21 (Plant - 2.5" pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Black Eyed Susan
Botanical Name Rudbeckia fulgida
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 24-30" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid summer to early fall
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Native, Extended Blooms
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Shipping

Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsBlack Eyed Susan Goldsturm
 
4.3

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable growth (8)
  • Low maintenance (7)
  • Pest resistant (7)
  • Vivid colors (7)
  • Long bloom time (6)

Cons

  • Slow growth (3)

Best Uses

  • Garden (6)
  • Erosion control (5)
  • Border control (3)
  • Outdoors (3)
  • Raised beds (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (9), Casual hobbyist (4), Getting started (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Hardy Black Eyed Susan-Great Plant!

Wonderful plant! Arrived in 4" pot with plenty of roots and ready to plant. Survived roughest winter in 10 years and thriving in low maintenaince garden!

Wonderful plant! Arrived in 4" pot with plenty of roots and ready to plant. Survived roughest winter in 10 years and thriving in low maintenaince garden!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

black eyed susan

planted in my garden and they did not grow or produce flowers

planted in my garden and they did not grow or produce flowers

Reviewed by 17 customers

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5.0

Grew well in difficult conditions

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from North Texas

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Patio

    Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm:

    These arrived in great packaging at the proper planting time for Texas. They were small, but grew moderately during the hot dry conditions of summer. They seemed to rebound during the fall months and have shown signs of spreading in size. We look forward to a larger display in 2017. Excellent, when others purchased at Big Box didn't make it through the summer.

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    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Great product!

    By 

    from Indianapolis, IN

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm:

      I bought three Black Eyed Susans. Two grew pretty well for the first year. The third one I need to move to get more sun.

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      • Personal
       
      5.0

      I would buy this againa and again,beautiful

      By 

      from Girard,Ohio 44420

      About Me Master Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Fragrant
      • Hardy
      • Healthy
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • NO Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm:

      Love this product very much.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      Absolutely Gorgeous!!!

      By 

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Pros

      • Absolutely Recommend
      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm:

        Black-Eyed Sussies are easy to grow and beautiful. Show stopping flowers are the focus point of my garden. Love them.

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        • Personal
         
        2.0

        Blakc Eyed Susan

        By 

        from Huron, SD

        About Me Casual Hobbyist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Colors Not As Expected
          • Slow Growth

          Best Uses

          • Border Control
          • Erosion Control

          Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm:

          Had to order replacement, the replacement did better than the orgianl plants, still strugging, no flowers as of yet...lots of green leaves so hopefully next year.

           
          5.0

          wonderful products

          By 

          from GA

          About Me Getting Started

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Reliable Growth

          Cons

          • Susceptible to Pests

          Best Uses

          • Border Control

          Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm:

          I spread it all in different places but if I had to choose over I wish I had done it all in one area so that was a mistakes. so happy to see them doing so well and deers are not bother them either.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Vefy Healthy Plants

          By 

          from The Villages, Fl.

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          Pros

          • Fragrant
          • Long Bloom Time
          • Low Maintenance
          • Pest Resistant
          • Reliable Growth
          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Raised Beds

            Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm:

            We were unable to find good healthy Black Eyed Susan plants in our area and found online at American Meadows the Black Eyed Susan plants that we wanted to add to our raised flower beds. We really enjoyed the full blooms and bright color of the flowering plants.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great plants at a great price

            By 

            from Mobile, AL

            About Me Casual Hobbyist, Getting Started

            Pros

            • Low Maintenance
            • Pest Resistant
            • Reliable Growth
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm:

                I ordered 3 of these, they all came packaged well and not damaged. They have grown well and put on a vivid long last bloom period.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Delightful!

                By 

                from Deer lodge, MT

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Long Bloom Time
                • Low Maintenance
                • Pest Resistant
                • Reliable Growth
                • Vivid Colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Edge Of Bed To Show Off

                  Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm:

                  As I was ill this year, my MT zone 4 high elevation garden got no extra watering; this beauty came through with flying colors in this, its first year.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful plant

                  By 

                  from Denver

                  About Me Getting Started

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Large Bulb Size
                  • Long Bloom Time
                  • Low Maintenance
                  • Pest Resistant
                  • Reliable Growth
                  • Vivid Colors

                  Cons

                  • Requires Gardening Experience

                  Best Uses

                  • Large Areas
                  • Raised Beds

                  Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm:

                  Love these flowers, will be buying more

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  One of my old favorites

                  By 

                  from Hope Id

                  About Me Casual Hobbyist

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Long Bloom Time
                  • Low Maintenance
                  • Pest Resistant
                  • Reliable Growth
                  • Vivid Colors

                  Cons

                  • Slow Growth

                  Best Uses

                  • Border Control
                  • Cut Flowers
                  • Erosion Control
                  • Large Areas
                  • Raised Beds

                  Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm:

                  This is one of my favorite flowers and my new house didn't have any. I planted it in the spring and we had a very hot and dry summer. It did well in spite of the heat and it's going to light up my garden for years to come.

                   
                  2.0

                  Only 1 of 6 plants grew in hot summer

                  By 

                  from Douglassville, PA

                  About Me Casual Hobbyist

                  Pros

                  • Pretty when bloom

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Erosion Control

                    Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm:

                    Will not do well in very hot dry summer when planting young plants

                     
                    3.0

                    ok for first year

                    By 

                    from charlotte, nc

                    About Me Avid Gardener

                    Pros

                    • Vivid Colors

                    Cons

                    • Just a few flowers
                    • Short Bloom Time
                    • Slow Growth

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm:

                      plants looked healthy enough - not very tall and just a few flowers - looking forward to 2nd year.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Low maintenance beauty

                      By 

                      from brookville,pa

                      About Me Avid Gardener

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Fragrant
                      • Long Bloom Time
                      • Low Maintenance
                      • Pest Resistant
                      • Reliable Growth
                      • Vivid Colors

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Erosion Control

                        Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm:

                        Grew super fast, strong and healthy

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Star from summer to fall

                        By 

                        from brookville, pa

                        About Me Avid Gardener

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Long Bloom Time
                        • Low Maintenance
                        • Pest Resistant
                        • Reliable Growth

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Erosion Control

                          Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm:

                          Planted with coneflowers and catmint. Yellow and purple are amazing. Bloomed a month after planting. Grew so fast I could almost watch!

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          black eyed susan

                          By 

                          from berkeley, ca

                          About Me Avid Gardener

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate Instructions

                          Cons

                          • Did not flower at all

                          Best Uses

                          • Garden

                          Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm:

                          planted in my garden and they did not grow or produce flowers

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Hardy Black Eyed Susan-Great Plant!

                          By 

                          from Clive, IA

                          About Me Avid Gardener

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive
                          • Drought tolerant
                          • Hardy
                          • Healthy
                          • Low Maintenaince
                          • Native prairie plant

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Garden
                            • Restoring Prairie ground

                            Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm:

                            Wonderful plant! Arrived in 4" pot with plenty of roots and ready to plant. Survived roughest winter in 10 years and thriving in low maintenaince garden!

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

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