Name: Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eilers’ aka quilled petal black-eyed Susan
Type of Plant: This is a perennial that’s native to the USA. This named cultivar was found growing in the wild in Illinois and it typically grows 3 to 5 feet tall.
Why I love this: I’m fond of this plant because it’s very light in appearance and growth habit. It doesn’t hit you over the head with bold color like the more common black-eyed Susans do. Like most Rudbeckias this plant isn’t too fussy about soil types, and the flowers are nice in bouquets.
A Word to the Wise: It’s a narrow plant and not completely sturdy, so place this where it has other plants or structures for support. Grow this plant in full to part sun.