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Sahara Black-Eyed Susan

SKU: AM017331
per Plant - 3" Pot
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Sahara Black-Eyed Susan brings elegant, antique hues to a long-time garden favorite. Large, mostly double flowers bloom dusty rose, copper, amber, and russet against a dark chocolate eye for soft color and loads of texture. Blooming midsummer through fall, collect handfuls for showy autumn bouquets. Velvety blooms attract a diversity of wildlife, from pollinators to songbirds. Grow as a perennial in zones 9-10, it’s a self-seeding annual in cooler zones. (Rudbeckia hirta)
key features
Botanical Name
Rudbeckia hirta
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Easy To Grow, Long Bloom Time, Cut Flowers, Mass Plantings, Container Planting
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average, Moist / Wet
Mature Height
18-24" tall
Mature Spread
12-18" wide
Bloom Time
Mid summer to mid fall


18-24” tall x 12-18” wide. A classic bloom in vintage hues, Sahara Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) is stunning massed in borders and butterfly gardens. The soft colors also lend themselves to more formal settings and bring romance to any garden. Commonly grown as an annual, this short-lived perennial is easy to grow in any well-drained soil. To ensure a stand year after year, allow some late-season flowers to develop seed for self-sowing. Plants naturalize well in meadows and cottage gardens through self-seeding. Autumn seed heads also provide beauty into the winter months and are often used in dried flower arrangements. Fresh blooms can be harvested as cut flowers when blooms are beginning to open. Rudbeckias commonly cloud the water in vases, add a few drops of bleach to the water to prevent this problem and extend vase life.