Rudbeckia hirta - Black eyed Susan

Sun Exposure: Sun, Part Sun

Soil Moisture: Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry

Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Loamy-Clay

Height: 2 - 2.5 feet

Spread: 1 - 2 feet

Blooms: June, July, August, September, October

Root: Fibrous

Habitat: Prairies, Woodland borders, Savannas, Limestone Glades

Landscape uses: Pollinator gardens, Meadow plantings, Naturalization

Complimentary Plants: Butterfly Milkweed, Wild Bergamot, Hoary Vervain, Purple Coneflower

Wildlife Value: The bees collect pollen or suck nectar, and include Little Carpenter bees, Leaf-Cutting bees, Green Metallic and other Halictine bees, Andrenid bees. Host Plant: Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly. Songbirds eat the seeds

Seed Origin: Ontario

Germination Code: C(30)

Rudbeckia hirta - Black eyed Susan

  • Black-Eyed Susan is a staple of any prairie restoration or pollinator garden. It flowers in the first year, producing an abundance of pollen that attracts many bee species and butterflies.  This plant wont spread by rhizomes, instead it reseeds and wont require replanting. Rudbeckia hirta is one of the most long lasting of the native wildflowers, blooming from June to October in sucessions.