A Gardener's Delight

Meet the Rudbeckia hirta, better known as the Black-Eyed Susan, a plant that's as intriguing as its name. This native flora, with its striking flowers and jade leaves, is a showstopper in any garden.

Rudbeckia hirta

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

Low Water Needs

Requires occasional watering (once a week), resilient to some dryness.

Highly Adaptable to Various Soils

Thrives in clay, silt loam, or sand, showing great adaptability.

Highly Adaptable Soil pH

Suitable for all pH environments, from acidic to alkaline.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects.

Low Safety Risks For Pets

This plant has minimal safety concerns for pets.


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About Rudbeckia hirta

Standing tall at 2-4 feet and spreading out to about 1-2 feet, the Black-Eyed Susan is a sight to behold. Its jade leaves provide a stunning backdrop for the amber, coral, and maroon flowers that bloom in pre-summer and summertime.

Did you know? The Black-Eyed Susan is not just a pretty face. It's a magnet for nectar-feeding butterflies, ecosystem helpers, garden mammals, and birds, making it a fantastic choice for a wildlife-friendly garden.

Also known as

Black-Eyed Susan
Blackeyed Susan
Hairy Coneflower

Our design recommendations

The Black-Eyed Susan is perfect for edge planting and building base greens. Its striking flowers make it a great choice for groupings, adding a pop of color and charm to any landscape. This plant thrives in a variety of locations, from shorelines to conservation lands. It's also a great choice for graded landscapes, where it can add height and visual interest.