RUDBECKIA hirta 'Marmalade' (Rudbeckia, Dwarf - Marmalade) is a cultivar of Rudbeckia hirta, a herbaceous perennial plant native to North America. 'Marmalade' is prized for its compact size, vibrant orange-gold flowers, and extended blooming period. It is a popular choice for adding cheerful color to gardens, borders, and containers.
'Marmalade' is a dwarf cultivar, typically reaching a height of around 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm) with a similar spread. It has a compact, clumping growth habit and forms dense foliage. The leaves are green and hairy, adding texture to the plant. It thrives in full sun but can tolerate partial shade. It prefers well-draining soil but is adaptable to different soil types, including clay and loam. This cultivar has good drought tolerance once established.
The flowers of 'Marmalade' are the highlight of this cultivar. They are daisy-like with prominent dark brown or black centers (cones) surrounded by vibrant orange-gold petals. The petals may have variations in color, ranging from deep orange to golden yellow. The flowers are attractive to pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. 'Marmalade' blooms from midsummer to fall, providing an extended period of vibrant color in the garden. Deadheading spent flowers can encourage continuous blooming and prolong the display.
Dwarf Marmalade Rudbeckia is ideal for small gardens, containers, or mixed borders where its compact size and vibrant flowers can be showcased. It adds a pop of color and a cheerful presence to the landscape. It also works well as a cut flower for floral arrangements.
Rudbeckia hirta 'Marmalade', with its dwarf size and striking orange-gold flowers, is a wonderful choice for gardeners seeking a compact and vibrant Rudbeckia cultivar. Its cheerful blooms and extended blooming period make it a standout in various garden settings.
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Scientific Name: Rudbeckia Hirta
Common Name: Rudbeckia, Dwarf - Marmalade
Plant Type: Annuals, Perennials
Native Range: Mediterranean region, Borago
Height: 18 to 24 "
Spread: Up to 5 "
Exposure: Full Sun/Partial Shade
Blooming Season: Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Attracts: Pollinators, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Resistant: Deer, Drought
Characteristics: Dried arrangements, Cut flowers, Showy
Flower Color: Golden orange with dark center
Water Requirement: Low, Average
Soil Type: Clay, Loam
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Advantage: Easy to grow, Medium maintenance
Uses: Prairie and Meadows, Informal and Cottage, Beds and Borders, Traditional garden