Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm' is free-flowering with single, black centered, golden daisies up to 4" across. It is long-blooming, from middle summer to early fall. A true perennial, Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' has become a landscape staple. It will form colonies as it spreads slowly by rhizomes. It was selected as the Perennial Plant Association "1999 Plant of the Year". Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' is particularly attractive planted with grasses and other meadow plants. Deadhead to prevent self-sowing; seedlings will vary from the cultivar.
Rudbeckia fulgida is native from Texas to Michigan, eastward to New York and south to Florida. The variety sullivantii is considered a synonym of var. speciosa, which is has a more limited range, mostly in the eastern American Midwest eastward to the coast.
Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil, but it will tolerate drier soils and drought, once established. It is adaptable to a wide range of soil types. It makes a good rain garden plant.