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Giant Green-Eyed Blooms for Months on an Award-Winning Plant!

Prairie Sun Gloriosa Daisy Seeds

(P) Pkt of 25 seeds
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Super-floriferous, and so easy a child can (and should!) grow it!

5 inches across and very long-lasting in the garden or vase!
Such lighthearted, sunny blooms -- and so HUGE, reliably patterned, and long-lasting! Prairie Sun is a splendid Gloriosa Daisy, with all the vigor and bloom strength you'd expect in an American native, PLUS giant blooms of brilliant yellow with a green eye and luscious primrose tips! No wonder it won a 2003 All-America Selection award!

Prairie Sun's eye-popping blooms measure a full 5 inches across, and unlike those of many Gloriosa Daisies, boast a very stable color pattern, giving the plant a more formal look. Prairie Sun reaches 3 feet tall and is simply loaded down with flowers over a long summer season, making it a great choice for the back of the border, the cutting garden, a wildflower setting, or a bold accent in the annual bed!

There is nothing shy or understated about this plant. It grows quickly and easily, with a very well-branched habit and masses of flowering stems. Like all Gloriosas, 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!

Prairie Sun's huge 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!

If you like Prairie Sun, we have two other award-winning Gloriosa Daisies you might like to grow too -- giant-flowered Autumn Colors and exquisitely-patterned Cordoba. All are terrific choices for children and new gardeners because of their ease of care, and "must-haves" for seasoned pros who know a good thing when they see it! Pkt is 25 seeds.

Genus Rudbeckia
Species hirta
Variety Prairie Sun
ItemForm (P) Pkt of 25 seeds
BloomStartToEnd Early Summer - Late Summer
Habit Upright
SeedsPerPack 25
PlantHeight 3 ft
BloomSize 5 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Bird Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower
BloomColor Yellow
LightRequirements Full Sun
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Cut Flowers, Ornamental, Outdoor
Rudbeckia is the botanical name for Gloriosa Daisy
Rudbeckia Germination Information

Rudbeckia Seed Germination How to Sow Rudbeckia:
  • Best sown indoors at alternating temperatures of 68 and 86°
  • Expect germination in 5-10 days
  • If started early enough, plants will flower in the first year from seed
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors in spring or summer, up to two months before first frost
  • Plants will reseed around the garden, perpetuating from year to year
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Rudbeckia:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space 12-24 inches apart in full sun or part shade in any rich, moist, well-drained soil

Soil: Tolerates drought and poor soils

Temperature: A great lover of hot weather, it will also tolerate drought

Additional Care: Deadhead to keep plants tidy and to prolong the flowering season

Appearance and Use:

A short-lived perennial that is often grown as an annual. Useful in borders, beds, for naturalizing, and as a fresh cut flower. This vigorous, thick-stemmed, multi-branching plant grows upright from 2-3 feet tall. The summer through fall appearing, daisy-like flowers are 3-6 inches in diameter and come in colors of gold, yellow, bronze, orange, brown, mahogany and have brown, yellow, or black center cones. Flower colors can be zoned or banded and petal arrangement is either single or double. The mid-green leaves are 4 inches long by 21/2 inches wide and the stems and undersides of leaves bear bristly hairs


About Rudbeckia:
Pronunciation:  rud-bek’e-å her’tå
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Asteraceae, native to the central United States
Common Name: Gloriosa Daisy

Which plants should I grow to repel insects?

Many of the herbs will repel insects. Pennyroyal repels fleas and other insects. Pyrethrum repels moths, flies, ants, mosquitoes, cockroaches, mites, and bedbugs. Mint repels flies, fleas, and ants. Lavender repels flies, silverfish, and fleas. Catnip can repel mosquitoes. Thyme repels insects. Lemon Grass repels mosquitoes. Basil repels flies and mosquitoes. Sage repels a variety of insects. Chrysanthemum, grown for its beautiful flowers and for the extraction of pyrethrin (an organic insecticide), repels flies, beetles, mosquitoes, roaches, lice, and fleas.

Which plants should I grow to repel rabbits and deer?

Planting garlic, onions, chives, lavender, rosemary, and sage around rabbit-susceptible plants will repel rabbits. Deer repellent plants include: lavender, onion, catnip, sage, chives, garlic, spearmint, and thyme. Be sure to strategically place these repellent plants around and in between rabbit and deer-susceptible plants. Also, place some along the property line and especially at key points the rabbits and deer are using as entryways, which can even deter them from coming onto your property.

Which of your plants offered are deer resistant?

Perennials that are deer resistant include: Asclepias, Aster, Baptisia, Coreopsis, Dianthus, Digitalis, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Heuchera, Hibiscus, Malva, Monarda, Oriental Poppy, Platycodon, Peony, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Sedum, and Tricyrtis. Shrubs include: Buddleia, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Daphne, Forsythia, Fothergilla, Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon), Potentilla, Spiraea, Syringa, and Viburnum. Vines include: Clematis, Honeysuckle, Campsis, Wisteria, and Climbing Hydrangea. Trees include: Acer (Maple), Cercis (Redbud), Corylus, Fagus (Beech), Magnolia, Ginkgo, Mulberry, Spruce, and Salix (Willow).

Superior Germination Through Superior Science

Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

Superior Standards - University Inspected

Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

Hand Packed By Experienced Technicians

Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

The Park Seed Gold Standard

Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!

Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?

It is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?

Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?

Extremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?

The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?

For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?

Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?

We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?

When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.