Black-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia hirta
| Introduction |
Black-eyed Susans grow to a height between 3 and 4 feet tall. They are native to much of the US and are very drought tolerant. They also do well in clay soils. Blooms in early summer and the blooms are long lasting. Can also be grown in large container or pot. They are usually recommended as a nectar source for butterflies also.
Where to buy Black-eyed Susans
I highly recommend Nature Hills Nursery. Their perennials cost a bit more but they
are grown in 4'' x 6'' air-pruned pots that results in healthier plants with a highly
developed root mass! The price is reduced however, if you buy more plants.
Nature Hills also has a
free plant and seed catalog that they will mail out to you.
How to Propagate Black-eyed Susans
Black-eyed Susans do not tend to be long lasting perennials. They may not come back up after the second year. However seeds can be collected from the plants to grow the following year. Or more likely it will reseed itself without any help! New Black-eyed Susan seedlings are easy to spot as the leaves are kind of fuzzy when young.
The Aster Family
Black-eyed Susans are a member of the Aster Family. These are herbs, shrubs, vines or sometimes even trees. There are 20,000 different species in the Aster family, made up from 1100 genera. Well known members of this family include Sunflowers, Zinnias, safflower and many kinds of lettuce.
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