Cherry Brandy Black-Eyed Susan

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Bright cherry-red petals with crimson rays surrounding a chocolate brown center disc! Is this really a Rudbeckia? Gorgeous Cherry Brandy Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy') can't help but create a sensation planted anywhere you have full sun!

Plant this stunning selection to create a compelling contrast with other cultivars. They start blooming in summer and continue to dazzle through fall! Supporting a wide variety of pollinators and beneficial insects during the late season months. With deadheading, you and your migrating butterflies like Monarchs will enjoy nectar and pollen-rich blossoms right up until frost!

The narrow and upright growth habit makes Cherry Brandy Rudbeckia look almost formal. But the rough-textured leaves add an earthy, organic feel to these durable perennials! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 8, these form dense mounds of coarse green foliage.

Planting and Application:

Nothing could be better for beneficial pollinators, butterflies, and hummingbirds than this vibrant choice. Imagine how their jewel tones will "pop" off the deeply pigmented petals! Cherry Brandy shines in pampered Cottage Gardens and xeric Rock Gardens!

Use in a modern planter as a deliciously dark "Filler" and seasonal color! You’ll bump up the curb appeal by planting this vibrant late-season bloomer looks great paired with gourds and other fall décor on your front porch container gardens! You'll love the extended season of bloom to decorate your backyard or balcony.

We encourage you to get creative with these beautiful blooms. Use them in a mixed border with an unforgettable mix of your favorites; like Grandiflora Roses, Ornamental Grasses, and Hoary Vervain! Mix and match your favorite Black-Eyed Susan cultivars for a custom look worthy of a page in a designer magazine! has such fantastic prairie perennials to choose from, after all!

Cherry Brandy Black-Eyed Susan is a self-seeding selection that makes a great choice for "happy surprises" in a wildflower and mixed perennial garden. Naturalize them in large-scale borders, or simply take the blooms indoors for cut flowers to easily maintain in a small space garden! If you keep the seedheads, songbirds will have an autumn snack!

  • Cherry-Red & Crimson Petals Frame Raised Chocolate Centers
  • Dense & Tidy Clumps of Greenery
  • Pollinator & Songbird Friendly!
  • Xeric & Easy To Grow Perennials
  • Container & Garden Specimens, Accents & Edging

#ProPlantTips for Care:

These easy-care tender perennials will make you look good with fuss-free saturated blooms from summer to fall! Cherry Brandy Black-Eyed Susan luxuriates in full sun and well-drained soil! Ensure they have at least six hours of daylight for best flowering. If you have heavy soil that stays wet, raise them up in a planting bed or keep them in tall patio pots. Provide regular water for their first year in the ground, but once established, these are xeric perennials that handle periodic drought. For best results and the most blooms, supply supplemental moisture during these tough periods and a 3-4 inch layer of mulch over the entire root system.

Deadhead as the first round of flowers fades to encourage a rebloom. Trim their dried foliage in late autumn if there are any signs of powdery mildew during the growing season, but otherwise, you can keep the seedheads intact for the birds, to self-seed, or for winter interest when the snows fly. Then prune back in the spring before new growth emerges. Watch in springtime for a new flush of growth that emerges from the crown! Divide clumps every 3-5 years to increase the plant's vigor!

  • Incredibly Hardy in Full Sun
  • Widely Adaptable - Any Well-Drained Soil Type
  • Rugged & Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Deadhead For Reblooms & Prune Spring Or Fall
  • Cold-Hardy, Heat-Resistant & Deer Resistant

Dramatic summer and fall blossoms and native hardiness, the Cherry Brandy Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia will be a stunning addition to your sun landscape! Order yours now at Nature Hills!

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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50 - 69.99 34.99
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100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Cherry Brandy Black-Eyed Susan Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 18 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 15 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Deep Cherry/Crimson Red
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant No