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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
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming