Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia Hirta)

Smiling Sun Gardens

Regular price $4.00

This plant is easy to grow and grows fast to give a bright show of color, but is rather short-lived. Will self-seed after blooming, to give another display later in the year. Flowers mid-spring through summer. Large yellow flowers with dark brown centers.
Grows in almost any soil type except wet areas. Self seeds in open ground abundantly. Spent flower heads can be removed to encourage more flowers later in the season. Short-lived perennial.

Yellow dye can be made from the plant. Tea made from leaves used in folk medicines for colds.


Native Environment: Savanna and Woodland
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennial
Height: 2 to 3 feet
Spread: 1 to 2 feet
Color: Yellow to orange rays, dark brown centers
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7
Sun Exposure: Full Sun 
Season of Interest: June to September
Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist
Soil Description: Moist to dry, well-drained soils
Wildlife Benefit: Bees/Pollen, Butterflies & Moths/Nectar, Birds/Food, Small Animals/Food
Animal Resistance: Deer Resistant
Nature Attracting: Butterflies, Bees, Birds
Special Usage: Fresh Cut Flower, Containers
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Clay

 

Medicinal Use: Amerindians used root tea for worms, colds; external wash for sores, snakebites, swelling; root juice for earaches

Host Plant: Bordered Patch, Gorgone Checkerspot