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Black-eyed Susan

Scientific name: Rudbeckia hirta

Thia is a common native wildflower which is perennial and self seeding, making it easy to grow in your garden. Typically, it is found in open woods and fields. It is a coarse, hairy plant that features daisy-like flowers, up to 3 inches across. The flowers are bright yellow to orange with domed, chocolate-colored center discs set atop one to two foot stems.

It is a member of the Aster family, which comes from the ancient Greek word meaning star. Other flowers in this family are the sunflower, the dandelion, purple coneflowers, zinnias and more.




Showy, yellow to orange-yellow rays and dark brown centers.

Blooming Season

June to September.

Fun Facts

Named after Olof Rudbeck (1630-1702), he was a Swedish botanist.


Fields, woodlands edge. This plant needs full sun and well-drained soil. It is tolerant of heat.

Life Cycle

Perennial, blooms throughout the summer.

Similar Species

Can come in shades of red, yellow, bronze and orange at a nursery.

Ecosystem Connections

Attracts butterflies, tolerates deer and drought. Its seeds are valuable food for birds.

Human Connections

Lovely to plant in a cutting garden.

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