Friday, June 14, 2013


Rudbeckia maxima
Photo by AS
You cannot miss this giant coneflower, Rudbeckia maxima, blooming now in our Children's Garden.  It is also called Dumbo's Ears.  As you might guess, everything about it is BIG.  The flower stalks can reach up to 7 feet tall, the yellow petals can be 3 inches long, and the brown cones can stretch 2-7 inches long.  Even the basal leaves which are a bluish-green can grow up to 24 inches long.  It is a summer blooming perennial.  When the blooms fade and the seed heads mature, the finches will arrive to feast on the seeds.