Description

Intense jewel tones on giant blooms | A multiple award-winner

The first red black-eyed Susan ever available from seed.

After growing 'Cherry Brandy', you'll never look at Rudbeckia the same way again. This powerhouse of a plant is just 2 feet tall, but sends up dozens upon dozens of giant daisies over a long season, bringing butterflies and bees to pay their respects all summer long. The long-lasting blooms combine rich shades of red and maroon with that trademark big black eye, so you can imagine how terrific they look in the vase (or just the cone, dried as an Everlasting). In autumn, hungry songbirds replace the butterflies and bees, feasting on the seeds. Don't worry, though—there are plenty in every bloom, so 'Cherry Brandy' will self-sow magnificently in your sunny garden.

These flowers reach 3 to 4 inches wide, with petals that shade from zingy cherry-red to deep maroon at the base. Slightly upturned, they are eye-catching even from down the street, so you can imagine what a fully-blooming plant or grouping looks like. Held on very strong stems (hey, they have to support those heavy birds in autumn), the flowers soak up the sun, even in poor dry soils. Expect them to bloom from early summer well into fall in most climates.

'Cherry Brandy' stands up to heat, humidity, drought, pests, and diseases effortlessly, making it wonderfully low maintenance in the garden. The winner of several awards, it combines a compact habit, large blooms, and completely unique blend of colors. And as a biennial (half-hardy annual), it would be short-lived if it didn't reseed itself so generously. Here's a plant that truly has everything a flower-loving gardener desires. North of its hardiness range, grow it as an annual.

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Genus Rudbeckia
Species hirta
Variety 'Cherry Brandy'
Item Form Pack of 250
Zone 5 - 8
Bloom Start To End Early Summer - Early Fall
Habit Compact
Seeds Per Pack 250
Plant Height 24 in
Plant Width 12 in - 15 in
Bloom Size 3 in - 4 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Cut-and-Come-Again, Butterfly Lovers, Award Winner, Long Bloomers, Needs Deadheading, Bird Lovers, Repeat Bloomer
Bloom Color Dark Red, Maroon
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained, Dry
Resistance Heat Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Disease Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy, Poor, Clay
Uses Beds, Outdoor, Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Everlastings

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