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  • Wild Goldenglow

    SCIENTIFIC NAME: Rudbeckia laciniata

    COMMON NAMES: Wild Goldenglow, Golden Glow, Cutleaf Coneflower, Cut-leaved Coneflower, Green-headed Coneflower, Tall Coneflower, Sochan

    BLOOM TIME: July, Aug, Sep, Oct


    • 3-8 ft. tall with branched on upper half. 
    • Yellow flowers droop on 2 in. stalks & spread 3 in. across with daisy-like structure.
    • Center disk resembles a pincushion.
    • Habitat: full sun to can be in partially shade in moist soil.
    • Common in Illinois.
    • Spreads by rhizomes but not aggressively.
    • Named for O.J. Rudbeck, a Swedish botany professor
    • Chippewa steeped plant roots for indigestion & treatment for burns.


    • The nectar and pollen of the flowerheads attract many kinds of insects, including long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, predatory wasps, butterflies, skippers, moths, & various kinds of flies.
    • Common Goldfinch eats the seeds to a limited extent.
    • The foliage may be somewhat poisonous to some mammalian herbivores.