Attract bees, butterflies, and birds to your backyard with Black Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta). A favorite both in the wild and in cottage gardens, this cheerful plant produces an abundance of golden, 4-inch flowers with a velvety brown center late summer and fall. Plants reach 3-feet tall. Bees and butterflies love the pollen-rich flowers, and finches feast on the seeds in the fall. A bright US native wildflower for pollinator and habitat gardens.
Native Americans used Black-Eyed Susan as a poultice for snake bites and to treat respiratory infections.
Plant outdoors Spring or Fall. Seeds will germinate when conditions are optimal. In good conditions, flowers appear the first year.
• A perennial
• Native to throughout the Central and Eastern US
• full sun and well-draining
• Moderate Water Requirement
• Sow Spring or Fall, 12-24 inches apart
• Zone 3-9
Black Eyed Susans is native to the following states:
Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.