Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials
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Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’)
rud-BEK-ee-ah HER-tah
Synonyms:  R. gloriosa
Genus:  Rudbeckia
'Indian Summer' is a standout among a sea of Black-eyed Susans because of its extra-large, golden yellow flowerheads. It will bloom from early summer until first frost. Use it in borders, cottage gardens, meadows, or for naturalizing. Butterflies are drawn to it. The species is native to the central U.S.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Long bloom time. Large flowerheads to 9 inches wide. May be short-lived; often grown as an annual.   
Care:  Grow in full sun and well-drained soil that is consistently moist. Deadhead regularly.
Propagation:  Start seeds indoors in spring or direct sow in the garden after the frost-free date. May be short-lived, but plants will self-sow.
Problems:  Fairly trouble-free, but watch for aphids, powdery mildew, smut, and leaf spots. Also, slugs and snails may eat young plants. May be invasive.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Yellow Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Naturalizing,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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