Black Eyed Susan

Reference:
Rudbeckia hirta

Delightful native wildflower of the prairie. Easy to grow from seed. Grows from basal rosettes that produce bright orange flowers. The flowers provide nectar for pollinators and are long-lasting as cut flowers. Native Americans used the root in medicine, though the seeds are poisonous.

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Black Eyed Susan

Black Eyed Susan is a beautiful and beneficial wildflower that is easy to care for. The plant is a great choice for gardeners who are looking for a low-maintenance plant that will attract pollinators.

What does Black Eyed Susan look like?

Black Eyed Susan is a beautiful wildflower with bright yellow petals and a dark brown center. The flowers can grow up to 3 inches wide and are typically found in clusters. The leaves of the Black Eyed Susan plant are long and narrow, and the stems are hairy.

Why should I plant Black Eyed Susan?

Black Eyed Susan is a native wildflower that is beneficial to pollinators such as bees and butterflies. The plant is also relatively easy to care for and can tolerate a variety of soil conditions. Black Eyed Susan can be planted in flower beds, borders, or even in pots.

Some interesting facts about Black Eyed Susan
  • Black Eyed Susan is the state flower of Maryland.
  • The plant is named after the Black-eyed Susan butterfly, which is attracted to the flowers.
  • Black Eyed Susan is a member of the daisy family.
  • The plant is used in some traditional medicines to treat conditions such as fever and inflammation.
How do I germinate Black Eyed Susan seeds?
  • To germinate Black Eyed Susan seeds, sow them directly in the garden in the spring or fall.
  • The seeds should be planted at a depth of about 1/4 inch and spaced 12-18 inches apart.
  • Water the seeds regularly and keep the soil moist until they germinate. Black Eyed Susan seeds typically germinate within 7-14 days.
Additional Tips
  • Black Eyed Susan is a low-maintenance plant, but it does benefit from regular watering and fertilization.
  • The plant should be fertilized every few weeks during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Black Eyed Susan is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, but it can be susceptible to powdery mildew.
  • If you see signs of powdery mildew, treat the plant with a fungicide.

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Product Details
Rudbeckia hirta

Data sheet

Water Needs:
Low/Moderate
Light:
Full Sun / Partial Shade
Zones:
9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 10
Growth Cycle:
Annual, Biennial, South Perennial - North Annual, Self Seeding Annual, Perennial
Soil Type:
Chalky Soil, Saline Soil, Peaty Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Silty Soil, Clay Soil, ALL Tolerant of most soils
Edible:
Yes, with caution
Color:
Orange
Height:
g: Up to 3 Feet, f: Up to 2 Feet, e: Up to 1.5 Feet, d: 6 to 12 Inches
Growing Instructions:
Sow seeds in spring, 2 - 4 seeds 15"-18" apart just below soil surface at 70F. Press down firmly and keep moist until germination 7-14 days.
Warnings:
Can be Invasive
Special Features:
Medicinal Value, Drying and Crafts, Cut Flowers, Butterfiles and Pollinators, Container Growing, Ornamental
Growth Rate:
Moderate/Fast, Fast
Evergreen
No

Specific References

UPC
810071360206
MPN
BESRH50X
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