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Scientific Name: Rudbeckia hirta 'Irish Eyes'

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Rudbeckia hirta 'Irish Eyes'
Rudbeckia hirta 'Irish Eyes'


  • Perennial
  • 'IRISH EYES' is a short-lived herbaceous perennial that can grow up to 60cm tall and 60cm wide.
  • It has an upright spreading habit, multiple flowering stems and mostly lance-shaped leaves covered by coarse hairs.
  • From late summer to autumn it bears huge golden-yellow daisy flowers with olive green eyes and gold centers.
  • 'IRISH EYES' will live for approximately 3 years under ideal conditions - but is best treated as an annual in temperate areas.
  • They may naturalize in the garden by self-seeding and need full sun.
  • It is a low maintenance, drought-tolerant plant that is not particular as to soil type or pH and should do well under typical garden conditions.
  • Remove spent flowers throughout the season to extend the plant's flowering season and to keep the plants looking neat.
  • However, consider to leave flowers on the plants at the end of the flowering season if you want to provide seeds for the birds.
  • Cut back to ground level in late autumn and divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring, just as the plant emerges.
  • 'IRISH EYES' performs well in containers and is a good choice for attracting butterflies and bees.
  • The flowers are also excellent for cutting - they have long vase life.

Parts Used

  • The roots.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • The roots (but not seed heads) of Rudbeckia hirta, can be used like the related Echinacea purpurea.
  • The roots have been used in a warm infusion as a wash for sores and swellings, in a poultice for snake bites, and to make medicinal drinks for treating colds and worms in children. Juice from the roots had been used as drops for earaches.
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