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Henry Eilers Sweet Black Eyed Susan

SKU: AM014775
per Plant - 3" Pot
No longer available this season.
Skinny, rolled petals are the hallmarks of 'Henry Eilers' Black Eyed Susan, bringing a defined starburst shape to the flowerhead - although they appear in the same shade of sunny yellow as their cousins and surround the same chocolate-purple center cones. Found growing in an Illinois railyard, this native prairie plant grows between 3 and 5 feet tall, producing flower after flower from mid summer until fall frosts. An important addition to the late-season pollinator garden. (Rudbeckia)
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Botanical Name
Rudbeckia subtomentosa Henry Eilers
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Native, Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Easy To Grow, Cut Flowers, Fragrant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
36-60" tall
Bloom Time
Mid summer to mid fall


4-5' tall x 3-5' wide. 'Henry Eilers' is a Sweet Black Eyed Susan, sometimes called a Sweet Coneflower, with a vanilla-anise fragrance that drifts from its leaves and flowers. Its most unusual claim to fame is its appearance – quilled flower petals roll inwards, creating space in between their neighbors and lending a distinctive starburst look. This late-season bloomer is a tall plant, great for the back of the border. Try planting it en masse, or pair it with other natives, such as wild bergamot, joe pye weed, or purple aster.