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No summer garden is complete without the bright, cheerful splash of color of Black Eyed Susan. This versatile, drought-tolerant and easy-to-grow variety illuminates the landscape with golden blooms and pairs well with a variety of other perennials, including Purple Coneflower. Black Eyed Susan is a native plant and will attract pollinators to the garden or meadow all summer long. All of the seed we handle at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Biennial.

Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Hummingbirds & Butterflies
Hummingbirds & Butterflies
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 12-36 inches tall
Bloom Time Summer to fall
SKU RUHG
No one knows who Susan was, but the flower is linked with “Sweet William” in an old English rhyme. This species was long thought to be native only to our midwest, spreading to both coasts after colonists and western pioneers felled the forests to allow the highly-prolific seed to spread. But recent research proves Black-Eyed Susan was indeed seen as far east as Maryland in early colonial times. There are many species of rudbeckia, many which have been hybridized into some of our most valued garden perennials. For related perennial species, see R. gloriosa.
Associated SKUs
RUHG
RUHQP (1/4 Pound)
RUHLB (1 Pound)
RUHLB5 (5 Pounds)
RUHLB10 (10 Pounds)
Common Name Black Eyed Susan
Botanical Name Rudbeckia hirta
Seed Life Cycle Biennials
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 12-36 inches tall
Bloom Time Summer to fall
Ships As Seed
Coverage 1/4 lb covers 5,445 sq ft.
1 lb covers 21,780 sq ft.
5 lbs covers 2.5 acres
10 lbs covers 5 acres
Seeds Per Pound 861,825
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Native To North America
Native To Eastern and Central United States
Native Yes
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Advantages Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Easy to Grow, Native
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes

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American MeadowsBlack Eyed Susan Seeds
 
4.3

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Low maintenance (17)
  • Reliable growth (16)
  • Vivid colors (12)
  • Pest resistant (10)
  • Long bloom time (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Large areas (15)
  • Garden (6)
  • Outdoors (6)
  • Border control (5)
  • Cut flowers (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (16), Getting started (6), Casual hobbyist (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

AWESOME !

I saw these growing in another area east of where I live in the city of Palm Springs. When I saw them growing - I had to have some. So I ordered them from...Read complete review

I saw these growing in another area east of where I live in the city of Palm Springs. When I saw them growing - I had to have some. So I ordered them from American Meadows. This was my first experience. These grew rapidly and were hardy. SO GORGEOUS ! I started plucking them and made flower arrangements (putting them in Ball wide mouth canning jars and tying raffia around the jar) with other wild flowers ordered from American Meadows with a few of my roses. And it was with great pride I made an arrangement and carried it to City Hall and dropped one off for the Mayor's assistant (Palm Springs mayor) I LOVE MY BLACK EYE SUSANS ! THANK YOU AMERICAN MEADOWS !

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Waiting for blooms

Seeds have sprouted and the growth is looking good. I have some buds, but not any blooms yet. No reason to think they won't bloom, so looking forward to all the color!

Seeds have sprouted and the growth is looking good. I have some buds, but not any blooms yet. No reason to think they won't bloom, so looking forward to all the color!

Reviewed by 29 customers

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5.0

Black Eyed Susan Seeds

By 

from Columbia, MO

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Hardy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

    Product description was accurate
    Quality product

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Blooming!

    By 

    from Grand Rapids, MI

    About Me Getting Started

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Low Maintenance
    • Reliable Growth
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Large Areas

      Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

      Even though I planted in less than ideal spaces, they are up and blooming. They look so nice in the early fall.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      good seed

      By 

      from twin cities, MN

      About Me Getting Started

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Low Maintenance
      • Pest Resistant
      • Reliable Growth

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

          I seeded a problem spot in my yard very heavy with this seed. It took a while to bloom but I am happy with the results.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Flowers Great! Providing lots of color.

          By 

          from Hedgesville, WV

          About Me Bee Keeper

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Low Maintenance
          • Pest Resistant
          • Reliable Growth
          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large Areas

            Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

            Started beekeeping this year and have turned open grass areas into large wildflower areas. Great to look at, good for the bees and greatly cuts down on mowing time. Mixed in with large bag of wildflower seed mix.

             
            4.0

            We have flowers.

            By 

            from Extreme Northwest Ohio

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Reliable Growth

            Cons

            • Need Lots Of Sand To Mix

            Best Uses

            • Large Areas

            Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

            Seeds are so small its easy to over sow. We used a 50 pound bag of play sand to mix in with the seeds and sowed them in that way. Try to plant when rains are coming, watering brings weeds fast.
            Also watering can wash out the seeds, that happened the first time.

             
            5.0

            beautiful flowers

            By 

            from Baden Pennsylvania

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Long Bloom Time
            • Low Maintenance
            • Reliable Growth
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

            • Slow Growth

            Best Uses

            • Border Control
            • Containers
            • Cut Flowers
            • Erosion Control
            • Indoor Pots
            • Large Areas
            • Raised Beds

            Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

            i planted these awhile ago and with the colder and rainy weather we have had in Pa they are starting to grow, how pretty! i love your flowers and will buy again!

             
            4.0

            I have flowers in the first year.

            By 

            from Extreme Northwest Ohio

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Low Maintenance

            Cons

            • Requires Gardening Experience

            Best Uses

            • Large Areas

            Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

            Planted the seeds in 2 areas. One "Hard clay" area did not do well, a few plants here and there. The other was a richer soil, not great, but they grew well.
            Lots to learn as far as planting large areas (1/2 acre or more). There was lots of weeds that were there originally, tilling only and removing the old growth is NOT enough. They came back with the flowers. Some weeds were nasty..... I would Round up first, remove the dead weeds and weed seeds if necessary; till and plant. The clay areas, I think were just to hard and not much nutrition in the soil. I amending the soil and will replant in the fall.

             
            5.0

            Glad I found this company.

            By 

            from Sikeston, MO.

            About Me Master Gardener

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Long Bloom Time
            • Low Maintenance
            • Pest Resistant
            • Reliable Growth
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Large Areas
              • Raised Beds

              Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

              Plan to plant large areas for vivid color and long bloom time.
              Easy to plant and care for.......low maintance,

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Would buy again

              By 

              from Ky

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Pros

              • Long Bloom Time
              • Low Maintenance
              • Vivid Colors

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Border Control
                • Large Areas

                Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                Excellent

                 
                1.0

                Lame!

                By 

                from Newburyport, MA

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • None

                Cons

                • No germination

                Best Uses

                • As Mulch

                Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                Nothing came up

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Easy to grow from seed

                By 

                from Hingham MA

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Low Maintenance
                • Pest Resistant
                • Reliable Growth
                • Vivid Colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Cut Flowers
                  • Large Areas

                  Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                  These seeds germinated quickly and provided a mass of bright yellow flowers without any watering. They even choked out a lot of weeds. Cant wait to see them again next year.

                   
                  3.0

                  Waiting for blooms

                  By 

                  from Nahant, MA

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Low Maintenance
                  • Pest Resistant
                  • Reliable Growth

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Cut Flowers
                    • Erosion Control
                    • Large Areas
                    • Raised Beds

                    Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                    Seeds have sprouted and the growth is looking good. I have some buds, but not any blooms yet. No reason to think they won't bloom, so looking forward to all the color!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I have thousands of plants from seed

                    By 

                    from PortWashington, Wi

                    About Me Avid Gardener

                    Pros

                    • Long Bloom Time
                    • Low Maintenance
                    • Reliable Growth
                    • Vivid Colors

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Border Control
                      • Cut Flowers
                      • Erosion Control
                      • Large Areas
                      • Raised Beds

                      Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                      I use seed for different areas large & small. It is easy. Just let nature take it's coarse.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Germination beyond expectation

                      By 

                      from Pickwick Dam, TN Shiloh Falls

                      About Me Avid Gardener, Repairing Tornado Damage

                      Pros

                      • Germination Excellent

                      Cons

                      • Needs Extensive Watering

                      Best Uses

                      • Large Areas
                      • Sown Next To Foundation

                      Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                      Selected Black eyed susans for color between the foundation of our home and new shrubbery due to tormado damage 4/10. Seeds germinated beyond expectations but did not mature due to drought and watering with our only source..treated water. Next season will replant and attempt to catch rain water instead. Our neighbors also had the same results. Unusually high temps and low/no rain.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Black Eyed Susan Seeds

                      By 

                      from Hallsville, Missouri

                      About Me Getting Started

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Long Bloom Time
                      • Low Maintenance
                      • Pest Resistant
                      • Reliable Growth
                      • Vivid Colors

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Large Areas

                        Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                        I am very pleased with the black eyed susans. We have had a severe drought in the Midwest this year - like one I've never experienced - and the blackeyed susans just keep coming. They are definitely drought tolerant and I would recommend if you are wanting to add beautiful color to your summer landscapes.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Dominate and Wonderful

                        By 

                        from Orono, Mn

                        About Me Casual Hobbyist

                        Pros

                        • In mass fantastic
                        • Low Maintenance
                        • Vivid Colors

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Large Areas

                          Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                          Part of a 1 acre conversion and they have been wonderful!

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          They should be everywhere

                          By 

                          from Olney, IL

                          About Me Avid Gardener

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Long Bloom Time
                          • Low Maintenance
                          • Pest Resistant
                          • Reliable Growth

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Along Meadow edges
                            • Large Areas

                            Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                            Black Eyed Susans do grow wild in my location but we just can't get enough of them, I enjoy the flowers for the long bloom time and striking yellow/gold color, later in the year the Gold Finches are attracted to them and great to watch

                             
                            5.0

                            Wonderful flowers, grew well

                            By 

                            from Harrisburg, PA

                            About Me Casual Hobbyist

                            Pros

                            • Low Maintenance
                            • Pest Resistant
                            • Reliable Growth

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Erosion Control

                              Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                              Seeds arrived promptly, covered the space as desired, good deal for the price.

                               
                              3.0

                              Black Eyed Susan Seeds

                              By 

                              from Colorado

                              About Me Avid Gardener

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Pest Resistant
                              • Reliable Growth
                              • Vivid Colors

                              Cons

                              • Needs Extensive Watering
                              • Short Bloom Time

                              Best Uses

                              • Border Control

                              Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                              Nice Little flowers, good grower

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Blooms first year!

                              By 

                              from Edinboro, PA

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Low Maintenance
                              • Reliable Growth
                              • Vivid Colors

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                                  Blooms first year, Planted mid June and have had blooms since August. Plants are not full, but I expect a lot for next year. About 2ft tall this year. Great for cut flowers.

                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Black Eyed Susan flowers everywhere

                                  By 

                                  from Commack, NY

                                  About Me Casual Hobbyist

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Long Bloom Time
                                  • Low Maintenance
                                  • Reliable Growth

                                  Cons

                                  • Plants begin to droop

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Border Control
                                  • Large Areas

                                  Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                                  Seeds germinated quickly, have many, many flowers. Took over the entire area as I wanted them to.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  1.0

                                  None

                                  By 

                                  from Bedford New Hampshire

                                  About Me Casual Hobbyist, Getting Started

                                  Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                                  would be nice if they grew.

                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Woohoo!

                                  By 

                                  from sc

                                  About Me Avid Gardener

                                  Pros

                                  • Long Bloom Time
                                  • Low Maintenance
                                  • Pest Resistant
                                  • Reliable Growth
                                  • Vivid Colors

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                                      They have done amazingly well. They were over achievers compared with the rest of the meadow from day 1. Considering I didnt expect any blooms the first year, I've been impressed with how many have bloomed already this year and cant wait to see the big show next year.

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Review of Black Eyed Susan Seeds

                                      By 

                                      from Southern Colorado

                                      About Me Avid Gardener

                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate Instructions
                                      • Attractive
                                      • Hardy
                                      • Healthy
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Garden
                                        • Outdoors
                                        • Patio
                                        • Pool Area

                                        Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                                        We have land with little or no landscaping. So around the home we seeded with Black Eyed Susans. We are very pleased with the product.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Vigorous and easy to grow

                                        By 

                                        from Pendleton, SC

                                        About Me Getting Started

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate Instructions
                                        • Attractive
                                        • Hardy
                                        • Healthy
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Outdoors

                                          Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                                          Great "starter" planting. Unbelievably high germination rate and incredible beauty.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Vigorous perennial

                                          By 

                                          from Crozet, VA

                                          About Me Avid Gardener

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attractive
                                          • Hardy
                                          • Healthy

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Garden

                                            Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                                            all the seeds I ordered from American meandows came up again this year and are healthy and prolific.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal
                                             
                                            4.0

                                            Maryland My Maryland in East Tennessee

                                            By 

                                            from Lenoir City, TN

                                            About Me Avid Gardener

                                            Verified Reviewer

                                            Pros

                                            • Accurate Instructions
                                            • Attractive
                                            • Hardy
                                            • Versatile

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Garden
                                              • Outdoors

                                              Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                                              I was so glad to get my home state flower to grow here in my retirement state....
                                              These are truly beautiful & we watch for them to appear.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal

                                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Can't get enough black Eyed Susans

                                              By 

                                              from Wenona, IL

                                              About Me Master Gardener

                                              Verified Reviewer

                                              Pros

                                              • Accurate Instructions
                                              • Attractive
                                              • Hardy
                                              • Healthy
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Versatile

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Garden
                                                • Outdoors
                                                • Patio
                                                • Pool Area

                                                Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                                                a bit of sunshine everywhere! carefree, just scatter and go!

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Personal

                                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                5.0

                                                AWESOME !

                                                By 

                                                from Palm Springs - CA

                                                About Me Getting Started

                                                Pros

                                                • Accurate Instructions
                                                • Attractive
                                                • Hardy
                                                • Healthy

                                                Cons

                                                • There are no cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Flower arrangements
                                                • Garden
                                                • Outdoors

                                                Comments about American Meadows Black Eyed Susan Seeds:

                                                I saw these growing in another area east of where I live in the city of Palm Springs. When I saw them growing - I had to have some. So I ordered them from American Meadows. This was my first experience. These grew rapidly and were hardy. SO GORGEOUS ! I started plucking them and made flower arrangements (putting them in Ball wide mouth canning jars and tying raffia around the jar) with other wild flowers ordered from American Meadows with a few of my roses. And it was with great pride I made an arrangement and carried it to City Hall and dropped one off for the Mayor's assistant (Palm Springs mayor) I LOVE MY BLACK EYE SUSANS ! THANK YOU AMERICAN MEADOWS !

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Personal

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