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Rudbeckia triloba

Rudbeckia triloba

“Three leaved coneflower”


Rudbeckia triloba is an herbaceous flowering biennial in the Daisy family. It’s common name, “Three leaved coneflower” is apt due to the rounded leaf projections often seen in 3’s. Being a biennial, R. triloba has a shorter life cycle than other Rudbeckia species, it also flowers in its second year of growth.

The flowers are more diminutive than other species in the genus as well, but are sweet and still attract a multitude of pollinators. Another positive attribute is the plants ability to withstand drought and poor-quality soils.