Telling the Difference Between Rudbeckia and Echinacea

dawiff(z7 WA)April 19, 2010

Last year at a swap I picked up one of each. They weren't labeled and silly me! I thought I wouldn't have any trouble telling which is which. I *think* I know, but want to be sure. So......



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My Echinacea is up and it looks more like the first picture you posted than the second. I don't have rudbeckia growing yet (other than WS sprouts) so I can't vouch for that one. I'm no expert on either one but I could email you a picture of my Echinacea 'White Swan' and you could decide for yourself. Is your email address displayed on Your Page?

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 6:39PM
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pitimpinai(z6 Chicago)

The first one looks like a Rudbeckia, could be 'Goldsturm'. The leaves are rounder.
The second is Echinacia. The leaves are elongated. If you transplant them, you'll see that the base of the stems are pinkish.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 7:26PM
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pitimpinai(z6 Chicago)

Echinacea --sorry.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 7:28PM
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ramazz(8a VA)

I agree that the top photo is rudbeckia and the bottom one echinacea. Rudbeckia leaves are usually fuzzy and echinacea are smooth, in addition to the differences already noted.


    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 9:16AM
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I think you got it right :) The second photo looks like my Echinacea.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 11:58AM
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dawiff(z7 WA)

Thanks for the confirmation! It's good to know that after not having a garden to play in for a year I haven't lost my touch!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 12:33PM
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some of my rud seedlings are more fuzzy while others are not. I wonder if it is the strain that matters?

Anyway once they bloom you should be able to tell. Both look like ruds to me but I am a novice for sure!


    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 6:25PM
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