Black Eyed Susan

black-eye susan flowers
Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)
At a Glance
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Mature Height: 2 to 3 Feet
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 9
  • Soil Conditions: Moist, Well-Drained
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Color: Orange, Yellow
  • Bloom Season: July through October
  • Size: Medium

Features of Black Eyed Susan


Black Eyed Susans are dependable, long blooming perennial providing daisy-like blooms on plants that tolerant the toughest conditions. They will reseed. They attract birds, and butterflies. Reportedly deer resistant.

Other species to also consider include

  • R. nitida 'Herbstsonne' very tall (6'-8') and dramatic with yellow flowers.
  • R. maxima very tall (6'-8') striking blue foliage and large yellow flowers.
  • Rudbekia hirta is the annual species of Black Eyed Susan sold under a variety of cultivar names.


  • Well-drained soil in full sun location
  • Needs division every 3 to 4 years in order to keep vigorous and keep from spreading