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Green-headed Coneflower
Rudbeckia laciniata

a.k.a. Wild Golden Glow

Native, robust, self-sowing perennial herb about 3-8' tall, from a woody base and usually clumped. Well suited for moist and/or shady prairie and meadow restorations and rehabilitations, wetland and pond edges, upland buffers along lakes and streams, rain gardens with fine soils and naturalized perennial gardens. A low-maintenance plant that establishes easily by seed, crowding out weeds by minimal help.

USDA symbol: RULA3

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height4 to 6 feet
Light ExposureSun, Part Sun
Soil MoistureDry, Medium, Wet
Bloom ColorYellow
Green-headed Coneflower (Green-headed Coneflower<div><em class="small">Rudbeckia laciniata</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience8
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant, General Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsJuly to September
Larval Host ofBees
Specific Pollinators HostedNumerous bee species
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeBoulevard, Rain Garden, Restoration, Shoreline Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism4
Herbivore SensitivityHigh
Rate of SpreadFast
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAnoka, Becker, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Itasca, Jackson, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Lac qui Parle, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands