Blackeyed Susan

Blackeyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Blackeyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Common Name: Blackeyed Susan

Latin Name: Rudbeckia hirta

FamilyFabaceae

Habit:  A native, annual to short lived biennial, wildflower that grows to about 3 feet in height.

Leaves:  Alternate, with a hairy, rough, surface.  Some leaves may be toothed and others not.  Lower leaves are elliptic to oblanceolate in shape.

Flowers:  The yellow flowers appear in the summer and fall

Habitat:  Disturbed sites, roadsides, and meadows.

Landscape: In the home landscape it is grown in full sun with average to moist soils.

Range: It is native to the following states: AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, and WY.

It grows in zones 3a to 10a.

Wildlife use:  Bees and butterflies use the flowers as a nectar source. Songbirds eat the seeds. 

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Blackeyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Blackeyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

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