Rudbeckia hirta L.
Various varieties of this colorful, hairy-leaved native are available. Flower colors range from a cheerful sunny yellow to burnt orange. This is a great plant for lots of late-summer color in higher-elevation areas of the state. Can be short-lived but also can reseed a lot!
Height: 12” (leaves), up to 36” when in flower
Width: up to 2’
Water needs: dry to moderately moist
Exposure: full sun
Availability in nurseries: common, easy to grow from seed
Native range: most of the U.S. and Canada, including eastern WY
Plant family: Asteraceae
Photo by Jennifer Thompson