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Will Rudbeckia bloom again

NushNush Posts: 9
I’m after some advice. Last year I bought 2 beautiful Rudbeckias. The variety is the Rudbeckia hirta Kissing Smiley. I thought they were perennials but reading on the internet I’m getting conflicting information. 

Have any of you grown this variety before? Did they come back the following year? If they do, when should I expect to see new shoots (I’m in the South East)? 

Thanks in advance,



  • WilderbeastWilderbeast Posts: 1,415
    Hi Nush I've not grown that variety but my rudbeckia are just coming through now. I'm in the north east so your should come up anytime. Most are perennial, watch and wait would be my advice.
  • NushNush Posts: 9
    Thanks:) I am being a bit impatient. I’ll wait and hopefully they’ll come up soon. 
  • WilderbeastWilderbeast Posts: 1,415
    Most gardener's are impatient it's kind of an inherent part of it, always desperate for the plants to grow and bloom 
  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 Posts: 931
    My rudbeckia are always slow to appear and have only just started to peep through
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  • Bright starBright star Posts: 1,153
    Rudbeckia Hirta varieties are the annual ones and are easy to grow from seed and there are some beauties. 
    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • Bright starBright star Posts: 1,153
    My perennial ones are only just peeping through and I’m in the NW which has a milder climate.
    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • NushNush Posts: 9
    Thanks Brightstar. It is a beautiful bi-colour variety with a red centre. It’s very cheerful that’s why I’m eager to see it again. 

    I do have some seed from last year. I might seed some this weekend. 
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