Day 239: Rudbeckia hirta 'Cappuccino'

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If its near relative Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ (Day 208) can be considered a bit of a perennial workhorse in the summer borders, Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cappuccino’ is most definitely a show stopper. There’s something almost liquid about the way the deep coffee brown stain spreads out from the centre of each flower to coat three quarters of the petals, leaving only the yellow tips unsmudged. It’s bold and sturdy and floriferous – why would you not grow it? I’ve seen it described as a biennial, but have had no trouble sowing it in spring for flowering in summer, after which it expires – so it goes down as an annual in my book. 

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