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Rudbeckia hirta

Black-eyed Susan

Black Eyed Susan is the quintessential plant of prairies and meadows. It provides an extravagant floral display to the delight of butterflies and other beneficial insects. In late summer the seeds will attract finches and other birds. Fantastic show when planted in groups. Easy to grow and quite drought tolerant once established.


 

Benefits

Exceptionally showy and easy to grow
Birds love the profuse seeds from dried blooms
Perfect cut flower for decorating indoors
Long season of nectar for butterflies and bees
Flowers into late summer extending the season
Perfect for massing in the landscape

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow in average to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates heat, drought and a wide range of soils except poorly-drained wet ones.


Height
2-3 feet

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Spread
1-2 feet

Native Range

Native to a wide range of prairie, plains, meadows, pastures, savannahs and woodlands edges.

Native Trivia

Grow in full sun average to dry soil with good drainage. Water well after planting and regularly until established. Drought tolerant.


"I can't get enough of this plant's summer nectar and my bird friends love its profuse fall seed!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Late Summer
Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Alaska
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