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Audubon® Black-eyed Susan
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Color all summer long! Big yellow flowers with mahogany cones bloom all summer, making Black-Eyed Susan a favorite among landscapers, gardeners, and nature lovers. You’ve probably seen this cherished native used in public parks and commercial landscapes, so easy is it to grow and so generous with its flowers. It will make a splendid addition to your own mixed border, meadow, cutting garden, or container planting as well. Black-Eyed Susan will also be a favorite with your local wildlife! Bees and butterflies adore the flowers, and Goldfinches appear in fall and winter to dine on the seeds.
May Benefit & Attract: Finches
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.
- Hardiness Zone: 3-7
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Recommended by Our Growers
A treat for pollinators, Black-Eyed Susan nourishes many of our hardworking native bees. Bumblebees, digger bees, mining bees, sweat bees, leaf-cutting bees, carpenter bees, and cuckoo bees all visit this plant to forage for nectar and pollen. One species of mining bee seeks out Rudbeckia plants (Brown-Eyed and Black-Eyed Susans) specifically to feed its young—Rudbeckia pollen is the only type of pollen its larvae can eat. Black-Eyed Susan is native to the central and eastern United States. It has also naturalized in the West, as gardeners everywhere enjoy growing this adaptable plant. It can be found in the wild in all of the lower 48 states.
Black-Eyed Susan plays host to some other interesting insects. The darling silvery checkerspot butterfly sometimes lays its eggs on its foliage. Several moth species take advantage of this plant, too, including the fascinating camouflaged looper. This clever caterpillar eats the flower parts of its host plant, and literally glues bits of the petals to its body while it eats to hide itself from predators! Eventually, it transforms into a pretty jade-green moth.
How to Grow
Give Black-Eyed Susan a position in full sun for best results. The soil should be of average moisture, but if it’s a little on the dry side, that’s OK, too. This is a short-lived perennial, and individual plants will typically only flourish for a couple of years. No need to worry about it disappearing, however, because it reseeds prolifically! Just leave the seedheads standing all winter (birds will appreciate that), and don’t cut them down until early spring. Surplus plants that result may be moved elsewhere or given to friends.
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