Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Black-Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta

<em>Rubbeckia hirta</em>
Rubbeckia hirta
Large daisy-like flowers on compact plants. Good for the cut flower garden. 
Full sun in well-drained moist soil 

'Indian Summer' 2-3 feet tall, large yellow flowers with chocolate centers

'Maya' 18-24 inches tall, dwarf, compact, yellow flowers

'Prarie Sun' 3 feet tall, yellow flowers with light green center

'Spot Light' 6-12 inches tall, yellow flowers with chocolate center

'Irish Eyes' 18-24 inches tall, yellow flowers with green centers

'Cherokee sunset' 18-24 inches tall, double yellow flowers with red centers

'Toto' 6-12 inches tall, yellow flowers, dwarf

Mature Height
18-36 Inches
Annual Hardiness Type
Tender Annual
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
June - October
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Pests and Problems

Bacterial Disease

Environmental Damage

Fungal Disease

Insect Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Powdery mildew, rust, xanthomonas, aphids
Additional Notes
Very colorful display of daisy-like flowers. This rudbeckia tends to decline when the weather gets hot and humid. These rudbeckia (R. hirta) are not considered perennials in northern gardens. Treat them as annuals. Attracts butterflies. Good cut flower.


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