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Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia selections

Black-eyed Susan

Add a pool of sunshine to the garden with a massed planting of black-eyed Susan. From midsummer, these tough native plants bloom their golden heads off in sun or light shade and mix well with other perennials, annuals, and shrubs. Tall varieties look especially appropriate among shrubs, which in turn provide support. Add black-eyed Susans to wildflower meadows or native plant gardens for a naturalized look. Average soil is sufficient for black-eyed Susans, but it should be able to hold moisture fairly well.

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Plant Type:
Plant Height:
2-10 feet tall, depending on variety
Plant Width:
1-1/2 to 3 feet wide, depending on variety
Flower Color:
Yellow or orange flowers, depending on variety
Bloom Time:
Blooms midsummer into fall, depending on variety
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Winter Interest,Cut Flowers,Attracts Birds,Attracts Butterflies,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Rudbeckia 'Autumn Colors' is an award-winning annual series that bears 5-inch-wide gold flowers flushed with bronze, red, and rust. It grows 2 feet tall.
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Rudbeckia triloba is a North American native biennial or short-lived perennial that has clusters of small yellow flowers in summer and autumn. It grows 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Zones 4-7
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Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm' is one of the most popular perennials of all time. It offers 3- to 4-inch bright yellow daisies, accented with a dark brown cone from midsummer to fall. It reaches 2 feet tall and is hardy in Zones 4-9.
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Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer' features bright golden flowers and hairy foliage. It grows 3 feet tall and blooms from summer to frost. Zones 3-7, but is often grown as an annual.
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Rudbeckia 'Maya' is an annual, dwarf variety with golden-yellow double flowers. It grows 18 inches tall.
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Rudbeckia hirta 'Prairie Sun' features yellow-orange flowers from summer to frost. It's hardy in Zones 3-8, but it's usually grown as an annual.
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Rudbeckia 'Radiance' is usually grown as an annual and offers distinct double flowers with quilled petals. It grows 18 inches tall.
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Rudbeckia 'Sonora' is an annual type with large mahogany petals tipped in yellow. It grows 20 inches tall.
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Rudbeckia 'Toto Lemon' is a dwarf annual selection with cheery bright yellow blooms all summer. It grows 15 inches tall.
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Rudbeckia 'Toto Rustic' is an annual type that bears with golden blooms with rich burgundy-red centers. It grows 15 inches tall.
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Plant It With

With slender arching grassy leaves and bottlebrush panicles of flower spikelets, fountaingrass brings a rustic grace to massed plantings of 'Goldsturm' black-eyed Susan. They enjoy similar conditions.

Russian sage

In sunny gardens, the wandlike flower stems of lavender Russian sage play well against black-eyed Susans.


In sunny places, Frikart's aster has 2- to 3-inch lavender-blue daisy flowers that combine well with black-eyed Susans.


Blooming at the same time, purple coneflowers echo the size and shape of black-eyed Susans, but in a contrasting purplish pink, which looks attractive against yellow or gold.