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Rudbeckia nitida 'Herbstsonne'

Shining Coneflower

Plant Type:


Rudbeckia nitida 'Herbstsonne' - Glorious August blooming tall growing sun perennial with saturated golden flowers often in such abundance that the entire flowering part of the plant is a solid bright, deep yellow cloud. Autumn Sun Shining Coneflower is perfection with any of the Joe-pye Weeds, Butterfly Bushes and Ironweeds - all of which are very fine nectar providers for pollinators. Everyone should consider a mid to late summer assortment of these sun-loving perennials and shrubs in the garden, in a corner of a field or wherever your heart desires to help the bees, butterflies and others who are often brushed aside in our thoughts as unimportant. We have seen little or no difference between 'Autumn Glory' and 'Herbstsonne'. They are both spectacular! The species is from Alabama, Georgia and Florida yet exhibits surprising genetic hardiness, USDA zones 5 to 8(9). We have seen some sites that indicate northern hardiness to USDA zone 3. Considering the nativity of the species we are waxing conservatively until we know with certainty if this information is truthful. Site in full sun planted in average to fertile, draining soil. Drought tolerant. Established pot grown plant from division.


5-7 ft


3-4 ft


Deep Yellow

Characteristics and Attributes for Rudbeckia nitida 'Herbstsonne'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer / Late Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant
  • Butterflies
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun


  • Border
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Massing
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Natural Garden
  • Grass Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile
  • Draining
  • Average


  • Southeastern U.S.

Propagated By

  • Division