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Soft Hair Coneflower, Rudbeckia mollis

Soft Hair Coneflower, Rudbeckia mollis


Soft Hair Coneflower, scientifically known as Rudbeckia mollis, is a charming native perennial prized for its cheerful yellow flowers, soft foliage, and drought tolerance.


Soft Hair Coneflower is a herbaceous perennial that typically grows to heights of 2 to 4 feet tall with a spread of 1 to 2 feet. It features sturdy, upright stems adorned with lance-shaped leaves that are soft to the touch and covered in fine hairs, giving the plant its common name. From midsummer to early fall, the plant produces large, daisy-like flowers with bright yellow petals and prominent dark brown centers, attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. The flowers are long-lasting and add a cheerful splash of color to borders, meadows, and naturalized areas.

Growing Conditions:

- Thrives in well-drained soil with moderate fertility.

- Prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade.

- Hardy in USDA zones 5-9, making it adaptable to a wide range of climates.

- Drought-tolerant once established but benefits from occasional watering during prolonged dry spells.


- Deadhead spent flowers regularly to prolong blooming and prevent self-seeding.

- Cut back the plant by one-third in late winter or early spring to promote fresh growth and maintain a tidy appearance.

- Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years to rejuvenate the plant and prevent overcrowding.

- Mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.

Wildlife Attraction:

- The vibrant yellow flowers of Soft Hair Coneflower are highly attractive to pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other insects, enhancing biodiversity in the garden.

- Provides a nectar source for beneficial insects and pollinators, contributing to the ecological value of the landscape.

- The seeds of Rudbeckia mollis are a valuable food source for birds, enhancing wildlife habitat in the garden.

Add beauty, pollinator habitat, and resilience to your landscape with Soft Hair Coneflower – a versatile and attractive perennial that's sure to brighten any garden or natural area.

Life Span: Annual to short lived perennial

Flower Color: Yellow

Phenology: Winter dormant

Size: 3-4'

Sun: Full

Moisture: Average, Dry

pH: Adaptable

Soil: Loam, Sand

Salt Tolerance: Low/None

Status: Native

Wildlife: Attracts bumble bees, butterfliesLarval host for the silvery checkerspot, found only in extreme north Florida.

Uses: Use in a wildflower garden. Good for roadside wilflower plantings

Noted for: Showy Flowers

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