Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry). Drought tolerant.
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 1-3 feet
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Season: June – September
Suggested Uses: Black-eyed Susans are extremely showy wildflowers that are short-lived perennials (also considered an annual and biennial), but will reseed. It is an excellent wildflower for controlling erosion (especially when grown with legumes and grasses) and is very useful in restoration projects. Its long bloom season is great for pollinators and makes it an especially enjoyable garden plant. It is a beautiful addition to flower arrangements. Deer resistant. Grows well in clay.
Native Range: Native throughout the majority of the contiguous U.S. Native throughout Minnesota.
Pollinators: Bees and other beneficial insects. Black-eyed Susans are host plants to bordered patch, gorgone checkerspot and silvery checkerspot butterflies. Black-eyed Susans provide food and cover for several bird species.
Flowers: The daisy-like flowers are 2-3″ wide and are formed by yellow ray flowers surrounding a cone of brown disk flowers.
Leaves: The hairy, ovate leaves are 2-7″ long and have 3 prominent veins.
Name: The scientific name “hirta” means “hairy” or “rough.” The genus is named for Olaf Rudbeck – botanist at the University in Upsala, Sweden.
More information: USDA plant profile