Rudbeckia mollis

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Softhair Coneflower


Plant Specifics

Size:3-4 ft
Life Span:Annual to short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Use in a wildflower garden. Good for roadside wilflower plantings.
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:



Seeds eaten by small birds.


  • Attracts bumble bees, butterflies
  • Larval host for the silvery checkerspot, found only in extreme north Florida.

Native Habitats:Mostly ruderal.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures