Black Eyed Susans

Posted by Tammy Sons on Jul 19, 2022

Black Eyed Susans can light up an area

Black-eyed Susans, also known as Rudbeckia hirta, or Gloriosa Daisy, is a flower native to North America and the eastern and central parts of the United States. However, it is the state flower of Maryland. This particular flower is part of the sunflower family but has a daisy-like flower head. The center of the flowers is a brown-purple color. You can also spot these flowers by their red, orange, and yellow petals. It grows to 3 feet tall, with the stalk getting up to eight inches tall. Because of the nectar of these flowers, they make an ideal spot for butterflies and bees. They also attract deer and rabbits due to the shade they provide. However, these animals may consume the flowers. 

Their prime flourishing time is between June and October. However, they are biennial, which means they live for two years. In the first year, the leaves form, and in the second year, the flowers form. Therefore, after the first season, the plant will reseed them. They are known to be very competitive and “push” other plants out of the area. They need full sunlight but have been known to grow in partial sun and shade. They are perfect for people who tend to forget to water their plants. They are moderately drought tolerant, but the soil should never get completely dry.

These flowers are very independent, and the only care they need is to be trimmed to help new flowers grow. It is also known as deadheading. If these flowers are given as a gift or placed in a vase, they should last up to one week. They prefer to grow in moist, drained soil. However, since they can bear touch conditions, they can grow in almost any soil. If you want to plant them on your porch or even inside, the best type is the dwarf Black-eyed Susans. They grow anywhere from one foot to a foot in half, and the flowers can grow up to two inches. The dwarf Black-eyed Susan needs full sun but can grow in average soil. This plant requires little maintenance and grows in about any condition. Therefore, they are the best flowers for beginners.