Rudbeckia occidentalis 'Green Wizard'


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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Tim Gainey, copyright GAP Photos (255445)

Plant details

Unlike the bright and brash rudbeckias with a flashy yellow summer ruff encircling a dark cone, this is very different because it has just short green bracts around the black cone. It's an extremely popular plant (though some experts are incredibly sniffy about it), especially with flower arrangers. The trick is to make sure it goes in soil which does not bake dry or the whole plant will collapse. A semi-shady position will help if the soil does tend to dry out in summer, as will a thick mulch applied after a night of heavy rain.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Rudbeckia

Species: occidentalis

Cultivar: Green Wizard

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 80cm

Time to divide plants: April to September

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