Botanical name: Rudbeckia hirta and other species
Plant type: Flower
Black-eyed Susans can be long-blooming annuals, biennials, or perennials and are one of the most common wildflowers grown. They have daisy-like flower heads and deep brown-purple centers. These flowers can tolerate tough conditions and are good for cut flowers; they are also good for borders or in containers.
- Plant seeds in moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.
- Black-eyed Susans grow to be between 1 and 3 feet tall and can spread between 12 to 18 inches, so plant seeds closer to prevent lots of spreading or plant further apart to make a nice border.
- Check your plants regularly to see if they need watering. Make sure they don't dry out.
- Divide perennial types every 3 to 4 years to ensure healthy plants and to prevent excessive spreading.
- Be sure to remove faded/dead flowers to prolong blooming.
- You can cut back black-eyed Susans after they flower and a second, smaller bloom may occur in late fall.
- Becky Mixed, which offers a variety of colors for your garden, such as lemon-yellow, golden-yellow, dark red, and reddish-brown.
- Sonora, which has bright yellow flowers.
- Toto, which is a dwarf type and ideal for containers.
- Attracts Butterflies