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Rudbeckia Hirta ‘Autumn Colors’

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Trial: Annual

Years Trialed: 2003

Rudbeckia hirta 'Autumn Colors'

Good Qualities

Beautiful colors (8); Nice color range (3); Large flowers (3); One plant is gold w/dark disk and is very attractive, good overlapping petals, Flat presentation; Nice petals, forms and size; Long stems, strong stems; Would make a good landscape plant; Nice mix of form, good production; Customers took bouquets of ‘Autumn Colors’ over ‘Indian Summer’; Great for bouquet work, great vase life; Great rebloomer, still blooming on October 31 in Zone 6b; Especially for autumn, would be great in a border planting; This year the plants are stunted, however, in last year’s trials they reached 24 inches and had 4-6 usable stems, they bloom 2 weeks later than ‘Rustic Shades’, but have a better color range, good autumn colors; Easy growers, prolific bloomers.


Too short (5); Better suited to fall production because of color; Deer love to eat rudbeckia, are not a good seller in our area; Not really “new” to anyone; Stems were much shorter than ‘Indian Summer’ which we grew this season; Retail florist thought the colors were too dark though; I have had difficulty getting these to perform well in the late summer when the market would be better for these flower colors; Wilted in vase, need to learn postharvest technique; Lacks consistency of color, most flowers are brown-red, some range to yellow and orange.


Similar to ‘Rustic Shades’; I grew ‘Indian Summer’, ‘Prairie Sun’, and ‘Goldilocks’, none of my florists were buying them – don’t know why, they were gorgeous!; Didn’t sell well in summer, but a sell out every week in fall; We loved this color but our customers did not, the deer helped pick the stems so this number is a guessmatic; We have hard water, plants died in seedling tray from overhead watering, only 15 plants to bloom, while transplants I ordered from ‘Indian Summer’ grew well; My customers seemed to like this one better than ‘Prairie Sun’; Plastic mulched crop matured about 7 days earlier than those in soil with no mulch; If the stem length could be increased this would be a real winner; Plants are susceptible to wilt; Nice plant for mid to late summer, good for farmer market sales. (See article in this issue for postharvest testing of this cultivar.)

Trial Data

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Autumn Colors’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating¹ Repeat Again Rating¹ Ease of Cultivation Rating¹ Average Spacing (in2)
Wholesale Retail Consumer
Average 10.8 15.5 2.5 2.8 3.8 3.2 4.5 165
Range of Responses 0-30 8-24 2-3 1-4 1-5 1-5 2-5 36-432

¹1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.


Benary Seed
1444 Larson St.
Sycamore, IL 60178

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