rud·​beck·​ia ˌrəd-ˈbe-kē-ə How to pronounce rudbeckia (audio)
: any of a genus (Rudbeckia) of North American chiefly perennial composite herbs having showy flower heads with mostly yellow ray flowers and a usually conical scaly receptacle

Examples of rudbeckia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or go for one of the various coneflowers (rudbeckias) that stage a major show in autumn with different spins on the black-eyed Susan’s motif. Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2023 However, many shrubs and flowering perennials, such as serviceberry, dogwood, coneflower, and rudbeckia, are also considered keystone plants and can be incorporated in almost any type of garden, even container gardens. Susan Brownstein, cleveland, 25 July 2023 The barn stands beyond a bed of sun-loving false sunflowers, yellow and pink coneflowers, rudbeckias, and zinnias. Owen Holmes, House Beautiful, 23 Mar. 2023 At the top of the colorful displays were the begonias, rudbeckia, impatiens and coleus. Tom MacCubbin,, 20 Oct. 2019 Mums, asters, toad lily (Tricyrtis spp.) and rudbeckias will soon be taking center stage, so attention to watering will help with their performance. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, 1 Aug. 2019 His displays include dahlias, cannas, calla lilies, oriental lilies, day lilies, hydrangeas, climbing hydrangeas, rhododendrons, pink, white, purple, roses, peonies, rudbeckias, coneflowers, clematis, lupines and many others., 15 June 2019 Mönch’ aster, catmint, lavender, rudbeckia, and Salvia chamaedryoides. Thad Orr, Sunset, 22 Jan. 2018 Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, 5 May 2018 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from Olof Rudbeck †1702 Swedish scientist

First Known Use

circa 1759, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rudbeckia was circa 1759

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“Rudbeckia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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