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     Black-eyed Susan is one of the first flowers I learned about as a kid, and it's so easily recognizable with those blazing yellow rays and dark center. It also blooms forever, usually from July right through to October.


     Pollinators love Black-eyed Susans.  It's larval host to the Silvery Checkerspot butterfly and the Wavy-lined Emerald and Blackberry Looper moths.  Along with butterflies, native bees, bumblebees, beetles and other fliers swarm around Black-eyed Susans.  Songbirds eat the seeds in the fall.


     Black-eyed-Susan is actually considered an annual or short-lived perennial, but it self-seeds so much it reliably comes back year-after-year.

Black-eyed Susan

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    • Latin: Rudbeckia hirta
    • Pollinator value:  Very high
    • Wetland status: FACU
    • Height: 2 to 3 feet with a spread of 1 to 2 feet
    • Spacing: 12 inches
    • Light: Full sun to part shade
    • Soil: Medium (moist is best)
    • Bloom: Yellow and black, July-October
    • Landscape uses:   Borders, annual beds.
    • Deer resistant: Yes 
    • Goes well with Little Bluestem, Purple Coneflower, Blue Wild Indigo
    • Native range here
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