Common Name: Blackeyed Susan
Latin Name: Rudbeckia hirta
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.