Prairie Glow Daisy
Scores of Blooms on a Vigorous Native
This genus was named by Linnaeus in honor of his teacher, Olaf Rudbeck. Rudbeckia includes 25 to 30 species of native North American flowers, all of which grow beautiful cutflower-quality blooms in the summer. R. triloba is a particularly handsome species known for its bushy masses of large, tri-lobed leaves. And 'Prairie Glow' is a triloba with particularly cheerful blooms, with bright yellow and burnt orange bicolor petals surrounding a chocolaty brown dome.
'Prairie Glow' has eye-popping blooms that measure a full 5 inches across, and unlike those of many other Daisies, the blooms of 'Prairie Glow' boast a very stable color pattern, giving the plant a more formal look. This upright Daisy grows 3 to 4 feet high and about 15 inches wide, and the colorful bicolor blooms seem to adorn every inch of it! A great choice for the back of the border, the cutting garden, a wildflower setting, or a bold accent in the annual bed!
The colorful blooms are ideal for the vase, where they are very long-lasting on sturdy stems. And toward the end of the season, let the final blooms remain on the plant, where their cone will harden and become an autumn feast for hungry birds!
This Great Plains native perennial appears to die off once cold weather arrives, but if you allow it to reseed, it will spring back to life every year. Plant 'Prairie Glow' in full sun. Like most Rudbeckia, it is very tolerant of heat and humidity, thriving in sweltering summer weather but also adaptable to cooler climates and unseasonable rain. It needs plenty of sunshine and good air circulation to bloom its best, so resist the impulse to crowd these plants together -- space them about 2 feet apart for a terrific show you'll never forget! Zones 3 to 10.
|Zone||3 - 10|
|Bloom Season||Early Summer - Late Summer|
|Plant Height||3 ft - 4 ft|
|Plant Width||15 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Bird Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower|
|Bloom Color||Mix, Red, Yellow|
|Foliage Color||Medium Green|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!
It is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.
And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. “(Bareroot perennials) are dormant,” explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, “But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they’ll begin breaking dormancy.” And once the plant ‘wakes up’, it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.
The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured hereperfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.