American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan

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Gorgeous rays of sunshine light up your garden! Long, slender bright golden-yellow flowers with black centers feature the raised dome surrounded by long slender petals. The American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia 'American Gold Rush') stands tall and strong on sturdy stems, the blooms smother the coarse foliage and hairy leaves and stems with bright sunshine!

Forming neat and tidy rounded mounds, this domed perennial adds drama and color to your landscape all summer and into the autumn until winter frost arrives. Fantastic for pollinators, birds, and even for your floral arrangements, these lovely yellow daisy-like blooms look great in any setting and application, so be sure to get a few extra plants so you'll have enough to go around!

Cold and heat tolerant throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 9, this award-winning selection grows 22 - 26 inches tall when in bloom and spreads to a wide clump 3-4 feet in width! The narrow and upright growth habit makes Rudbeckia look almost formal. But the rough-textured leaves add an earthy, organic feel to these durable sun-loving perennials!

Planting and Application:

Fantastic sunny border plants, Black-Eyed Susan thrive in harsh conditions and baked sunny areas. Plant along the roadside hell strip; where little else can grow. Their versatility and adaptability lend the American Gold Rush to Rock Gardens and even Rain Garden conditions, tolerating some occasionally soggy soil and poor, rocky soil! They're completely happy in Cottage gardens or tough sites like the hell strip along the roadside and sidewalk!

Fantastic for prairie and wildflower gardens, and mixed Perennial beds as mid-back of the border specimens! The sunny blossoms also fit perfectly into cut flower and pollinator plantings gardens where they draw all sorts of winged beauties to your landscape.

These hardy North American native cultivars are fantastic for meadow and prairie restoration and native plantings, increasing the biodiversity among mass plantings for wildlife. Birds, bees and pollinators will adore these nectar and pollen-rich blooms and the early fall seed heads also provide a bounty for songbirds!

Plant en masse to get the full effect of their sunny flowers, thriving in all kinds of tough sites and beautifying swaths of baked patches and out of the wayside yards where the sun can be relentless.

Sized to beautifully fill containers and planters on your sunny porches and patios, use these lovelies to add long-lasting decor around your seating areas. So versatile, any sunny spot among your garden beds, and foundations benefits from these easy-going plants.

  • Award-Winning Selection With A Long Bloom Time!
  • Bright Yellow Blooms & Dark Brown Raised Eyes
  • Hairy Coarse Textured Foliage & Dome-Like Clump Form
  • Pollinators Galore & Birds Love The Seeds!
  • Long-Lasting Cut Flower & Winter Interest
  • Showy Garden Beds, Borders & Specimen Plants!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Heat and cold-hardy plants are best in full sun, these tough native herbaceous perennials thrive in all sorts of soil types. With a wide range of soil preferences, from alkaline to acidic, fertile to poor, or occasionally soggy to dry! They do best of course in average, well-drained soil with moderate, yet consistent moisture. Drought tolerant, protect your investment by providing supplemental watering during times of need. Water your container plants more frequently and be sure your pots have good drainage. For best results and the most blooms, supply supplemental moisture during drought and a 3-4 inch layer of mulch over the entire root system.

Deadhead spent flowers to keep the blooms returning until frost, then you can leave the seed heads alone for winter interest and for the songbirds to feast on. While disease-resistant and resistant to Septoria leaf spot, be sure to prune away the dead leaves in late autumn to remove any potential fungal issues. Divide clumps every 3-5 years to keep the mounds growing vigorously.

  • Cold & Heat Tolerant In Full Sun
  • Easy to Grow & Low Maintenance - Any Well-Drained Soil Type
  • Rugged & Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Deadhead For Reblooms & Prune In Fall
  • Leaf Spot & Disease Resistant

You'll love these sunny blooms as much as we do here at! Order your own today to find out why the American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan is such an award-winning selection for your garden!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Rudbeckia 'American Gold Rush'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 22 - 26 inches
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Golden Yellow
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant No