Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

The classic Black Eyed Susan, with yellow flowers and a short black cone. Short-lived but seeds abundantly, almost too much in gardens. Great for prairie seedings where it blooms quickly and can compete with weeds.


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:    Medium, Dry
Height:    2 feet
Blooms:    June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct
Color:    Yellow
Spacing:    12″
Zones:    3-9
Benefits:    Butterflies, Pollinators, Birds, Deer Resistant

Design Tips

The common Black Eyed Susan is a vigorous, short-lived biennial that spreads everywhere by seed–making it a difficult plant to deal with in gardens (but a perfect plant for seeded prairie restorations). Orange Coneflower is a much better choice for gardens, being tamer and longer lived.

Companion Plants

Nodding Onion
Butterfly Milkweed
Rough Blazing Star