Bay State Perennial Farm



Bay State Perennial Farm is known for its wide selection of perennials. Plants are listed alphabetically by their latin names and can be located by clicking on the first letter of the plant name in the alphabet above.


Rudbeckia sub Henry Eilers  400

Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eiler’

Rodgersia   Native to China and Japan, Rodgersia are large plants with large compound leaves. All are moisture and part, to full shade lovers, and will look their best only when these conditions are met. Ideal sites are bogs, pond or brook sides and water gardens. Flowers are white or light to dark pink and occur in astilbe-like panicles in early summer. 3-4ft. tall and, in time, 5ft. wide. Bold and spectacular when in favored locations. Zone 5. 07-PartialShade-s 06-FullShade-s 03-Drip3 scissors

    pinnata ‘Superba’    Branched panicles of tiny true pink flowers, reminiscent of larger and looser Astilbe blooms, rise on well-branched 40" stems in late spring-early summer. Large , pinnate leaves are often bronzy in spring. Very attractive in a waterside planting. Spreads out quite a bit, so only a few are needed for quite a show. Zone 5.

    tabularis see under Woodland Flowers

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' (Black-eyed Susan)     Gold daisies in late summer, 2', 1999 PPA Perennial Plant of the Year. Zone 4.

Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Little Goldstar’    A dwarf cultivar,12” high by 20” wide with deep green foliage that remains clean throughout the summer, and golden yellow, brown-eyed daisies that bloom from mid-summer on into autumn. It’s a tidy, well behaved plant suitable for many garden uses such as at the front of mixed borders, in smaller areas, in containers and in prairie style gardens. Looks great in large groups. It’s compact yet vigorous habit, clean foliage and continual flowering make this a choice addition to any garden. Best in full sun, with good drainage, quite drought tolerant once established. Zone 3.

Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii     A native Brown-eyed Susan indigenous to the central U.S. Grows to 3’ tall with a graceful, relaxed habit and abundant 2’ wide, many-petaled, brown-centered, golden ray flowers. Blooms from mid-summer into fall. Rugged and adaptable, tolerant of a wide range of soils from moist but well-drained to dry, acidic or alkaline. Full sun is best. Attracts loads of pollinators. Looks great in the border and, because of its more relaxed habit, it’s perhaps more suitable than R. ‘Goldsturm’ for meadow gardens and other naturalistic plantings. Zone 4.

Rudbeckia hirta See under Tenders

Rudbeckia 'Herbstonne'

RUDBECKIA laciniata ‘Autumn Sun’ (aka 'Herbstonne')    6-8ft. tall with loads of large, green- centered, yellow daisies. A big, bodacious and well behaved, late summer plant that combines beautifully with taller grasses and larger Asters such as A. ‘Alma Potschke’, and with Eupatorium ‘Gateway’. Zone 5.


Rudbeckia maxima     Large, glaucous, blue-green leaves form a loose rosette out of which soar 6-7' tall flower stalks that bloom in mid to late June through July with flowers that have downward-facing, golden petals and exceptionally large cones, sometime measuring 2” high. The unusual glaucous foliage, tall flower stems and large central cones give this Rudbeckia a distinctive look.  Zone 5.

Rudbeckia subtomentosa Henry Eilers 175

Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eilers’     A Rudbeckia with unique, bright yellow petals rolled into long, narrow, trumpet-like tubes radiating around a prominent central brown cone, 4-5’ tall. Blooms August and September. A distinctive late season bloomer that’s easy to satisfy with a place in full sun, with average to rich, well-drained soil. I start every spring in denial that this plant needs staking, only to find myself, every summer, wrestling to get it coralled into the beautiful back-border, late-season bloomer that it was meant to be. So, my advise is to stake early to allow this beauty to reach its full, late-season impact. It’s worth the trouble and you’ll be glad you took the time. Attracts butterflies, deer resistant. Cuts well. Zone 3.

Rudbeckia triloba     R. triloba gets 4’ tall and is a blooming engine easily producing thousands of 2", golden yellow flowers with prominent black cones from mid summer till fall. Easy anywhere in full sun with average soil. Thrives almost everywhere from wet to very dry, with full sun. Short lived but self seeds with a vengence so that once you plant it you'll always have new plants to replace old ones. Thrives in our bone dry, baking hot gravel parking lot. Zone 4.

Rudbeckia triloba Prairie Glow 175

Rudbeckia triloba ‘Prairie Glow’     We've always been fans of R. triloba for its long bloom and indestructible constitution so we're really excited about 'Prairie Glow' which, like R. triloba, blooms profusely from mid summer till fall, but with larger, orange/red flowers with petals tipped yellow, instead of all yellow flowers. 4' tall. Does well in moist or dry, fertile or poor soil. A naturalizing, self seeding biennial or short-lived perennial. Easy in all soils except those that are too wet. This is a blooming engine that knows no restraint, injecting bright daubs of color into the border or meadow in an endless flow of bloom. Zone 4.

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Whately, MA 01093
(413) 665-3525


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