Fascinating, magical flowers which are unusual in that they have no petals. Rudbeckia 'Green Wizard' is unique among coneflowers, with green sepals that surround a large black cone. These curious blooms create an unusual, architectural display in borders and make a superb, long lasting cut flower.
Unlike the bright and brash rudbeckias with a flashy yellow summer ruff encircling a dark cone, this is very different because it has just short green bracts around the black cone. It's an extremely popular plant, especially with flower arrangers. The trick is to make sure it goes in soil which does not bake dry or the whole plant will collapse. A semi-shady position will help if the soil does tend to dry out in summer, as will a thick mulch applied after a night of heavy rain.
Perfect for cutting and arranging.
Loved by bees and butterflies.
Common name(s): Coneflower
Image courtesy of The Hardy Plant Society.