Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

loiteke

North Las Vegas, United States

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Would you like to see flocks of goldfinches in your garden? Growing Black-eyed Susans is a sure guarantee of their presence. One author says they are as American as hot dogs, root beer, and the dog days of summer. Goldfinches love the brown-black centers and will feed on the seed heads long after the yellow rays have fallen. This biennial or short-lived perennial sometimes blooms the first year and drops so many seeds that you never know where it will come up next year. A close relative, Orange Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida), behaves better for those who want a more orderly garden. Black-eyed Susan usually grows 2-3 feet tall. It is a tough, drought-resistant species that revels in full sun and seems to bloom forever. It works well with ornamental grasses either in the formal border or the wild garden. This workhorse species ranges throughout the eastern U.S.
The genus name honors Olaf Rudbeck (1660-1740), and his son, both professors of botany at Upsala University in Sweden. Species names often describe characteristics of the plant: hirta means “hairy”, referring to the stems and leaves, fulgida indicates the shining and brightly colored flowers. Many cultivars are available; ‘Goldstrum’, 1999 Perennial Plant of the Year, has large golden-yellow flower heads 3-5

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