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Scientific Name: Rudbeckia hirta 'Denver Daisy'

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Rudbeckia hirta 'Denver Daisy'
Rudbeckia hirta 'Denver Daisy'
Rudbeckia hirta 'Denver Daisy'


  • Perennial
  • 'Denver Daisy' is a short-lived, compact, bushy perennial with an upright spreading habit that can grow up to 56cm tall and 45cm wide.
  • It has very strong multiple flowering stems that will not flop even under adverse weather conditions, and lance-shaped leaves covered by coarse hairs.
  • From midsummer to late autumn 'Denver Daisy' produces beautiful large golden-yellow flowers.
  • At the base of each flower petal is a dab or two of mahony red, creating a halo around the chocolate brown cone.
  • 'Denver Daisy' 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 - 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.
  • 'Denver Daisy' is a good choice for attracting butterflies and bees.
  • Most effective when planted in groupings - also an ideal container plant.
  • 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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