Rudbeckia mollis

softhair coneflower


wildlife plant

Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: annual to short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 3-4 ft
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers


Recommended Uses: Use in a wildflower garden. Good for roadside wilflower plantings.
Propagation: Seed
Availability: Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam


wildlife plant  
Used by Halictid bees. Some butterflies use. Host plant for the caterpillars of silvery checkerspot and gorgone checkerspot butterflies. Seeds eaten by small birds.
Native Habitats: Mostly ruderal.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Norcini, J. G. and J. H. Aldrich. 2007 (reviewed 2012). Performance of Native Florida Plants under North Florida Conditions. EDIS.