Black-Eyed-Susan – Rudbeckia


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Black-Eyed-Susan, scientifically known as Rudbeckia, is a vibrant and popular flowering plant that adds a burst of color and charm to any garden. Known for its striking yellow petals with a contrasting dark brown or black center, this perennial plant is a favorite among gardeners and landscapers.


Biennial or short-lived perennial that is winter hardy to USDA Zones 3-7. It blooms in the first year from seed planted in early spring and is accordingly often grown as an annual. It is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Best in moist, organically rich soils. Tolerates heat, drought, and a wide range of soils except poorly-drained wet ones.


Typical Uses

Black-Eyed-Susan is a versatile plant that can be used in a variety of ways in your garden or landscape design. Some typical uses include:

  • 1. Flowerbeds and Borders: Plant Black-Eyed-Susan in flowerbeds and borders to create a vibrant and eye-catching display.
  • 2. Pollinator Gardens: They attract pollinators like butterflies and bees, making them an excellent addition to pollinator gardens.
  • 3. Cut Flowers: Use the bright and cheerful blooms in floral arrangements to bring the beauty of your garden indoors.

Establishment and Care Instructions

To ensure your Black Eyed Susan thrives and continues to brighten your garden, follow these establishment and care instructions:

  • 1. Planting: Choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Plant your Black-Eyed-Susan in the spring or early summer.
  • 2. Watering: Water regularly, especially during dry spells, but be cautious not to overwater as it prefers slightly drier conditions.
  • 3. Pruning: Deadhead spent flowers to encourage more blooms and maintain the plant’s appearance. Cut the plant back in late fall or early spring to encourage new growth.
  • 4. Fertilizing: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring to promote healthy growth.
  • 5. Division: Divide mature clumps every few years to rejuvenate the plant and prevent overcrowding.

Special Features and Usage

Black-Eyed-Susan offers several special features and uses that make it a must-have in your garden:

  • 1. Drought Tolerance: It’s relatively drought-tolerant once established, making it suitable for regions with inconsistent rainfall.
  • 2. Wildlife Attraction: Aside from attracting pollinators, it also provides seeds for birds during the colder months.
  • 3. Long Bloom Season: The plant produces abundant flowers from mid-summer through early fall, ensuring a prolonged burst of color in your garden.

Add the beauty and charm of Black-Eyed-Susan (Rudbeckia) to your garden or landscape, and enjoy its stunning blooms, low maintenance, and versatility. It’s a delightful addition to any outdoor space.

Soil Moisture

Well Drained

Light Requirement

Full Sun

Water Use



Fall, Spring




1 Gallon


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