Rudbeckia californica

California cone flower

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Moist, Regular
Height X Width: 4' X 2'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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This striking and unique member of the sunflower family grows in moist areas of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges. Several coneflowers grow in California, named for the conspicuous, protruding centers of their yellow flowers. After a winter dormancy (no above ground growth), California coneflower emerges with long, wide lance-shaped leaves. Year by year, the clump expands in all directions. The flowers rise above the foliage in late spring. California coneflower thrives in a variety of soils in a sunny, well-watered garden bed. Plant with other moisture-loving species such as meadow lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, western columbine, Aquilegia formosa, or scarlet monkeyflower, Mimulus cardinalis.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous