Growing Black-Eyed Susan

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A wildflower native to North America, Rudbeckias are wonderful for attracting backyard birds. This page is about growing black-eyed Susan.
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Botanical Name:

Rudebeckia

Life Cycle:

perennial, biennial, and annual

Planting Time:

spring or fall

Height:

18" to 30"

Exposure:

full sun to very light shade

Soil:

average to rich, well-drained soil; drought resistant

Hardiness:

zones 3 to 9

Bloom Time:

summer to fall

Flower:

dark-golden yellow to orange daisy-shaped petals with chocolate brown to black centers

Foliage:

green

Propagation:

seeds, division

Suggested Use:

beds, borders, mass plantings

Growing Hints:

Purchase plants in the spring or start your own by sowing seeds directly into ground or into pots in the early spring or late fall. Seeds need light to germinate so don't cover them, but press them gently into the surface of the soil. Plants will self-seed and can be divided in the spring or fall.
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Interesting Facts:

A wildflower native to North America, Rudbeckias are wonderful for attracting backyard birds, especially finches, chickadees, cardinals, sparrows and nuthatches.
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Botanical Name: Rudbeckia
Life Cycle: perennial
Planting Time: spring or fall
Height: 1' to 9' depending on type
Exposure: full sun to light shade
Soil: average to rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil
Hardiness: zones 4 to 10 depending on variety
Bloom Time: summer to fall
Flower: yellow to red-brown and rusty orange daisy-like petals with brown or black centers.
Foliage: green
Propagation: seeds or division
Suggested Use: beds, borders, and native plantings
Growing Hints: Purchase plants in spring or start them from seeds sown directly into the garden in the spring or fall. Seeds can also be sown in pots in early spring or fall and set outdoors in a protected location. The exception is Gloriosa seeds. They should be sown either several weeks before the last frost if sown indoors, or two weeks before the last frost date if sown outdoors. Press seeds gently into the soil, but don't cover them. They need light to germinate. Once established, plants are quite drought tolerant and readily reseed themselves. Biennial varieties tend to alternate weak and showy years.
Interesting Facts: Rudbeckia are native American wildflowers and are wonderful for attracting birds such as chickadees cardinals, sparrows, and nuthatches.
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This was taken by me at my Aunt and Uncle's house. Pennsylvania is beautiful no matter what time of year it is, especially near the mountains and farmlands. We were driving around with my Aunt's friends who were visiting from Georgia. We stopped a lot to take pictures of the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside.

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We stopped at many farms since my Aunt lived right in the middle of many farms, most of them being Amish farms, and we even stopped at a Camel farm. I love visiting my Aunt and Uncle. They're such wonderful people to be around.

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These are blooming along my property line. This was an early morning picture with the sun somewhat low for lighting. I hope you can see the bee on the right central part of the picture.

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Large bunch of black eyed Susans

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May 14, 2017

These perennials are best divided and transplanted in the fall. This page is about transplanting black-eyed Susans.

A black-eyed Susan in a garden bed.

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