Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers'

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Buy Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers' coneflower: A recently discovered coneflower

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately fertile, preferably heavy but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: August to October
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Found colonising a railway embankment in the USA by a retired horticulturalist, this beautiful coneflower has finely quilled ray florets (petals), which surround a rounded, orange-brown cone. Perfect for adding late colour to mixed or herbaceous borders, they also make fine companions to ornamental grasses.

  • Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring. Support with ring stakes or brushwood well before the flowers appear.

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Delightful plant wouldn't be without


I have always liked Rudbekias over the years had a good selection. This one I didnt have its pretty and hardy doesn't seemTo have any dislikes happy growing in among Achilles peach and orange the yellow of the Rudbekia mixes well. I do put a frame round it to keep it upright the flowers last right till November and survives in semi shade in my garden. The plant gives off lots of flowers from 1plant Would recomend

Heather Uk

East Yorkshire


Long flowering and statuesque


Easy to establish. New growth has a lovely fresh limey green colour. Will look great in a prarie, cottage, wildlife or quasi Mediterranean garden. Stays upright despite its height and, so far, the skeletons are looking good over winter.




Late flowering attractive plant.


A tall late flowering attractive plant.





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Hi I've a Rudbeckia Henry Eileen's plant purchased 2 yrs ago, not really flowered much last year and not at all this year. It's in its original pot about 20cm diameter, has about 12 leggy stems with leaves turning black. Any thoughts? Regards, Chris


Hello there It will be dying back for autumn now so the leaves dying is quite normal, but it really needs to be planted out into the garden or into a much larger pot with fresh compost. If it is in the original pot it will have used up any nutrients long ago so as soon as possible, as long as the ground isn't frozen or freezing outside, I would plant it out into the garden. When you take it out of the original pot you will need to gently tease out the roots and then plant with some well rotted organic matter. I have attached a link below on planting perennials that might help.

when does the coneflower flower?


Hello, These start flowering in late summer and often continue well into autumn.


Hi I am trying to find plants that will tolerate heavy clay. In winter there is a very high water table and a lot of moisture but in the summer it gets bone dry. Any ideas? Regards, Malcolm


Hello there There are plants that will tolerate a clay soil, but very few plants will like to sit in waterlogged soil. I first would try to improve your soil as much as possible by digging in plenty of well rotted organic matter, and some grit to increase the drainage. Probably the best place to start, is with our plant search facility - which is at the top of each page where you can select shrubs, perennials, climbers etc by clicking on the images or text. This will take you to a more in depth search facility where you can select the type of soil, the aspect , how much sun etc. This will show you the full range of plants that fit this criteria.

Hi I'm a novice. Can I plant these in a container? If so what space between each and what size of container? Thanks


Hello, Ideally these should be planted in the ground, but if you do decide to try them in a pot, then I would recommend planting three in a 60cm diameter pot. I would also opt for a pot that has a nice wide base as the plants can get quite tall.


Do rudbeckias respond well to Chelsea chop?


I do Chelsea chop Heleniums in my East Midlands garden; I usually cut back by about a third as this reduces the height and makes them easier to manage. It delays the flowering slightly compared with the ones not cut back but produces a good display on neater plants well into the Autumn if dead-headed occasionally. As i have large clumps of these plants I cut some back and leave others for a longer display.


Hello there The Chelsea chop is normally carried out towards the end of May, to limit the size, and control the flowering season of many herbaceous plants. I haven't heard of Rudbeckias being given the Chelsea chop, -I wouldnt think there would be much of the plant to chop at that time of year being a late flowerer. Regards

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