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How to Grow and Care for Black Eyed Susan Plants

Rudbeckia hirta

This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringThis plant needs a thorough, deep weekly watering, Double icons require boggy or wet conditionsButterfly FlowerNo DeerWhite flowering plantRed flowering plantYellow flowering plantorange flowering plantA photograph of Rudbeckia hirta is availableHow to Use the Plant Care Icons at The Garden Helper

The Black Eyed Susan is typically an annual wildflower,
but there are some varieties that are perennial or biennial as well.
These native prairie flowers can be found growing wild in almost every state,
with the exception of the dry desert areas of the Southwest.
Black Eyed Susan's bright yellow, daisy-like flower grows to a height of 24-36 inches
and are excellent to use in cut flower arrangements and for
growing in your butterfly garden.
Rudbeckia hirta is also commonly known as a Gloriosa Daisy.

Growing Requirements for Black Eyed Susan Plants

Black Eyed Susan plants are hardy in USDA zones 3-10.
Tiny is the smallest of the Garden Gnomes
Rudbeckias are very adaptable to almost any type soil, but should be grown in full sun and watered regularly to achieve the best flowering performance.
Deadheading spent flowers will prolong the blooming period considerably.

Propagating a Black Eyed Susan

Perennial varieties of Rudbeckia can be propagated by division during their dormant season.
All varieties of Black Eyed Susan can be easily grown from seed which should be sown in the garden two weeks before the last expected frost
or started indoors 6-8 weeks before planting them outdoors in the Spring.
Rudbeckia seeds require light to germinate, so only lightly press them into the soil surface without covering them up.
Black Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta
The Flowers and Foliage of a Black Eyed Susan Plant, Rudbeckia hirta A Black Eyed Susan Plant Blooming in the Garden