Everyone seems to be familiar with Black Eyed Susan. Many people remember it from their childhood when they picked bouquets of it for their mothers. The great thing about Black Eyed Susan, unlike the other flowers we brought her, is that they have a long vase life. They are an excellent cut flower.
The orange ray flowers and the brown central disk make up the lovely daisy like flowers of Black Eyed Susan. The dark green leaves are oval shaped on the bottom of the plant. As the leaves rise up the stemsthey become smaller and more linear. The plant height can very from 1 ½ to 2 ½ feet tall. It is a very robust plant that spreads by rhizomes and seed. Black Eyed Susan is somewhat versatile in that it can grow in bright shade with as little as two hours of direct sun light or in full sun. The plant will grow in moist to dry soils.
Butterflies, bees, beetles are attracted to the flower which provides both pollen and nectar. Birds will eat the seed. Deer and other mammals will browse on the foliage but even when nipped very short they will still flower.
Good companions are Beebalm, Wild Bergamot, Palm Sedge, Goats Beard, Obedient Plant, New England Aster, New York Aster and Summer Phlox.
Rudbeckia fulgida - Black Eyed Susan
-Blooms for a long period of time
-Attracts butterflies, bees and other pollinators
-Provides seed for birds
-Height: 2 to 3 feet tall
-Zone: 4 to 7