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Black-eyed Susan is a good perennial choice for butterflies and other pollinators, naturalizing, and rain gardens.

Black-eyed Susan is a good perennial choice for butterflies and other pollinators, naturalizing, and rain gardens. USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 11 October 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA. Typical inventory plug

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'

Black Eyed Susan

Black-Eyed Susans have a long season of bloom and have a sturdy, upright habit. The orangish-yellow daisy flowers have a distinct dark brown eye or cone and are held on branching stems. Do not deadhead these cones if you want winter interest since the black seed heads remain attractive throughout the winter and the seeds provide a source of food for small birds. An excellent perennial for the much needed late summer color. It is very showy in mass plantings.


Height:

18-24 in

Spread:

18-24 in

USDA Hardiness Zone:

3-9

Bloom Color:

Yellow

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' Characteristics

Exposure

  • Full Sun to Partial Shade

Attracts Wildlife

  • Butterflies

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Moist to Dry

Attributes

  • Drought Tolerant
  • Dried Flower
  • Cut Flower

Flowering Months

  • August
  • July
  • September

Foliage Color

  • Green

Black Eyed Susan Growing and Maintenance Tips

Rudbeckias like full sun, but they also will do well in partial shade. Plant them in well-drained, not overly rich soil. Removing spent flowers in order to stimulate continuous bloom. They provide winter interest and the seeds are a source of winter food for small birds. Plants will self seed, so if this becomes a maintenance issue it is best to cut back in the fall. Very easily dividable in the spring. It makes a great cut flower.


Plants that work well with Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'

Skull Cap Skull Cap (Scutellaria resinosa 'Smoky Hills')