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American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 18 - 21 Inches
  • Mature Spread 18 - 21 Inches
  • Growing Zones 3 - 8

Rudbeckia 'American Gold Rush', commonly known as American Gold Rush Black-eyed Susan, is your ticket to long-lasting, late-season blooming. Its cheerful golden, daisy-like petals surround a black cone. The slender, hairy foliage is resistant to septoria leaf spot, a fungus that commonly affects rudbeckia varieties. This is a more compact form than ‘Goldsturm’ and will not flop despite its heavy flower production. American Gold Rush won the All-American Selection award in 2020 for its superior flower production and compact form.

The American Gold Rush is an upright, mounding perennial that forms large clumps over time. It is quite cold hardy, down to zone 3, and the foliage looks flawless, even in humid conditions. It attracts beneficial pollinators, including butterflies and bees. It is also deer resistant. This herbaceous perennial fits in nicely in cut-flower gardens, perennial beds, or container gardens. 

American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan Care

This perennial thrives in full sun even in hot and humid climates. It grows well in average soil, including clay and sandy types. It is not particular about the soil pH or fertility. Provide regular water over the first growing season and occasional water thereafter during hot, dry periods. You can conserve moisture by applying mulch at the base of the plant. Fertilizer is not needed.

American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan gently self-seeds, providing an easy source of new plants. To prevent volunteers, snip off spent blooms, which also encourages reblooming. It can be divided every 3 - 4 years in the spring or fall. Plant will go dormant in the winter, and the spent foliage can be cut to the ground before spring.

American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan Spacing

Space these rudbeckias at least 18 inches apart, center on center, for mass planting. This perennial also grows easily in containers, provided the pots are large enough for the plant’s extensive root system. We recommend planting in containers at least 16 inches in diameter, and sizing up every spring.   


American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 8
Plant Type: Perennials
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 18 - 21 Inches
Mature Spread: 18 - 24 Inches
Spacing: 18 - 24 Inches
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Yellow
Flower Description:
Bloom Period: Late Summer
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Disease
Tolerates: Heat, Drought
Attracts: Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Containers, Mass Planting, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Continuous Blooming or Rebloomer
Common Name: American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan
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