Black-Eyed Susan

Black-Eyed Susan Information:

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  • Scientific Name: Rudbeckia, Rudbeckia hirta
  • Common Name: Black-Eyed Susan, coneflowers, Brown-Eyed Susan, Yellow Daisy
  • Origin: Eastern & Central North America
  • Current Status: Naturalized in Western North America & parts of China

Pioneer Plants
Black Eyed Susans are called Pioneer Plants because they are one of the first flowers to re-enter a damaged habitat.

Frosty Flowers
Black Eyed Susans are well-adapted to the cold so they will often survive early or late frosts.

Re-seeding Wildflowers
Black Eyed Susans abundantly re-seed themselves like asters and daisies. Make sure you have enough room for them to spread out!

Plant in Bunches
Black Eyed Susans attract masses of butterflies when spread across open fields.

State Plant of Maryland
Black Eyed Susans are the state plant of Maryland and one of the most common wildflowers in the US.

A True Local Flower
Black Eyed Susans are native to North America and a close relative of the sunflower.

Additional Black-Eyed Susan Information:

  • Black-Eyed Susans or Rudbeckia are closely related to Purple Coneflowers or Echinacea.
  • Black-Eyed Susans tolerate very low water conditions and prefer full sunlight.
  • The flowers of Black Eyed Susans last longer with afternoon sun according to the Wildflower Center.

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