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Rudbeckia hirta
Black-eyed Susan
Most photos by Ann Grandy and Sally J.A.Finzel, unless otherwise noted to the left. Please ask for permission before using images.

Soil: Mesic(Medium) to Xeric(Dry)
Sun: Full, Partial
Height: 1'-3'
Color: Yellow
Bloom: June-September
Flowers: The daisy-like flowers are 2"-3" wide and are formed by yellow ray flowers surrounding a cone of brown ray flowers.
Leaves: The hairy, ovate leaves are 2"-7" long and have 3 prominent veins.


Suggested Uses:

This extremely showy wildflower is a short-lived perennial (also considered an annual and biennial), but will reseed itself and has a nice long season of bloom. It is a work horse of a plant for controlling erosion and is very useful in restoration projects! Given it's long bloom time, it is a lovely garden plant as well. It makes a nice cut flower, attracts butterflies and is resistant to deer!


Interesting Facts:

Medicinal Uses: Tea from dried leaves has been used as a kidney stimulant. Root tea was used to treat colds.
Food Uses:
Other Uses: When planted in combination with grasses and legumes, Black-eyed Susans help control erosion. They also provide food and cover for several species of birds.
More Information:
Name: The scientific name "hirta" means "hairy" or "rough." Named for Olaf Rudbeck - botanist at the University in Upsala, Sweden.
Other Names:

Option Price Quantity
Seed Packets
(at least 25 seeds)
3 1/2-inch pots $4.25
6-pack $6.95
5 3/4-inch pots $7.95
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Do not use native plants for food or medicine based on the information in this website. The information listed here is included for entertainment only, not as a recommendation. Please do not eat any native plants!

Morning Sky Greenery is a Minnesota Native Plant Nursery, growing native plants for shoreline restoration, raingardens and infiltration basins, and backyard butterfly, birdwatcher and pollinator gardens. We carry many native plants of North America, specifically midwest varieties. We have the expertise and the plants available to make any size native landscape or garden project a success!

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