Rudbeckia hirta

Common name: Black-Eyed Susan

Native plant

Black-Eyed Susan is a short lived perennial, often only biennial. It produces an abundance of yellow flowers that bloom early to mid summer for about a month. Its flowers attract a range of bees, butterflies, moths and other pollinators.  This plant will readily reseed and can spread quite aggressively in this manner. Flowers are good cut and used in arrangements.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Compacted/New Construction Soils


Prairie Grasslands, Savannas

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
1 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
4 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot

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