Black Eyed Susan

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Black Eyed Susan, or Rudbeckia, produce golden yellow flowers with a black center, similar to a daisy. As one of the most popular wildflowers grown, they're often found in gardens and meadows. Butterflies, bees and other pollinators are attracted to Black Eyed Susans for their sweet nectar. Blooms arrive in midsummer and last into the fall. (Rudbeckia hirta)

Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Native
Native
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 18-36" tall, 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid summer to early fall
Size Plant - 3.5" pot
SKU AFLAT31

Plant Information

This is at or near the top of every experts list of the best perennials of all. Developed in Germany, this is a hybrid of one of our native wildflowers, the Black-eyed Susan, and its one of the most useful perennials ever introduced.

As you may know, the common roadside Black-eyed Susan is named Rudbeckia hirta, and its a biennial. (We have the seed in our Wildflower Seed Section, and its a mainstay of wildflower mixtures. But its not dependably perennial.)

This is what prompted interest in the hardiest perennial species in the Rudbeckia group. (They look exactly alike) The tough native perennial Black Eyed Susan is R. fulgida, so this is the one a German hybridizer used to create the now-famous Goldsturm strain. (In German, Goldsturm means, literally, Gold Storm.)

Today, these tough, hardy, heavy-flowering plants light up our landscapes everywhere from backyard gardens to flower borders at gas stations and malls. This fantastic plant spreads slowly, is easy to divide when it grows large, and never fails with weeks and weeks of wonderful golden blooms. This is a classic perennial that every garden must have.

SKU AFLAT31
Common Name Black Eyed Susan
Botanical Name Rudbeckia hirta
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 18-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid summer to early fall
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Native, Extended Blooms
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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