Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape February 02, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

Plant Family

         

 

Bee visits Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) flower
Photo credit: Christine Majul Flickr CC  BY 2.0

 

 

Black-eyed Susan plant
Photo credit: Jodi Grundig Flickr CC BY-NC-2.0

Aster Family (Asteraceae)
 

Common Names

Black-eyed Susan, Coneflower

Description

  • Perennial plant native to eastern North American
  • Although not technically considered water wise, Rudbeckia will grow in dry areas but they perform best in moist well drained soils
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 3 through
  • Do best in full sun / can tolerate a little light shade
  • This plant forms a large clump and is great planted in masses
  • Cheerful flowering sunflower-like flowers of yellow / gold have brown to black central cones
  • Long bloom time that starts in summer and ends in the fall
  • 'Golstrum' is a popular widely grown tall cultivar that grows 2 to 3 feet tall
  • A small cultivar, 'Viette's Little Suzy' is also available that grows to about a foot tall


Attracts

Bees
Flies
Butterflies
Seed attracts birds


 


Additional Resources:

Midwest

Illinois - hortanswers
Missouri - Low-maintenance Rudbeckia is good choice for novice gardeners

 


 

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.