Rudbeckia hirta, commonly known as Black-Eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy or Yellow Oxeye Daisy is a cheerful, widespread prairie plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is renowned for its showy golden, orange or bicolor flowers, adorned with up to 8-20 rays and dark chocolate, dome-shaped cones. Blanketing the landscape with its dazzling bright blossoms for months, it is ridiculously easy to grow and largely trouble free.

  • Native to central North America, Black-Eyed Susans are annuals or a short-lived perennials which grow in prairies, dry fields, open woods and along road shoulders.
  • Blooming profusely from early summer to frost, Black-Eyed Susans provide weeks of eye-catching color, decorating borders and meadows.

'Cappuccino'

'Denver Daisy'

'Cherokee Sunset'

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  • Black-Eyed Susans grow in upright clumps up to 1-3 ft. tall (30-90 cm). There are dwarf cultivars that are perfect for containers and ideal for limited spaces, such as 'Maya' or 'Becky'
  • Single or double, their blooms rise atop sturdy, upright stems covered with bristly hairs. Their leaves are large, narrow, lance-shaped and toothed.
  • Black-Eyed Susans are sunshine worshippers that forgive neglect and tolerate heat. They thrive in full sun in average, moist, well-drained soils. They tolerate drought and a wide range of soils except poorly-drained wet ones.

'Maya'

'Cherry Brandy'

'Summerina Yellow'

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  • Black-Eyed Susans are great candidates for mixed borders, cutting gardens, prairies and meadows and as accent plants when planted in mass. They make excellent cut flowers to enjoy indoors too!
  • Deer resistant, the flowers are attractive to pollinating insects, butterflies and birds.
  • Black-Eyed Susans are virtually pest and disease free, as long as they are grown in the right conditions. Avoid damp and crowded conditions.

'Chocolate Orange'

'Summerina Orange'

'Prairie Sun'

  • Some plants may overwinter while others self seed and remain in the garden.
  • Remove and discard spent flowers to encourage extended blooming and prevent unwanted seedlings next season.
  • Divide plants every three years or so help plants and roots get good air circulation and enough nutrients.
  • Easily propagated by seed.

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