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As a comment about Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy'), kqcrna wrote:

Although some sources might call this plant a perennial, it didn't perform well for me as such. Wintersown, mine bloomed well and displayed beautiful color in their first summer. They thrived. A few did survive that first winter in my yard but never thrived after that. In their second year their blossom color was muted and the plants seemed weak. They were barely visible in my garden.

Cherry Brandy Rudbeckias make pretty, healthy annuals, but in the future I won't attempt to use them as perennials.
central Illinois
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Dec 3, 2011 3:10 AM CST
I agree with your assessment.
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Name: woofie
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Jul 16, 2012 2:22 PM CST
This is the first year I've had them come back and, while they are definitely not as impressive as the first year's blooms, I still wouldn't kick them out of my garden. Smiling These were in a fairly shallow container in a somewhat sheltered area. Smaller and not not as vivid, but still quite nice.

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Edited to add: This same plant has come back yet again this year (August 2013); the blooms haven't opened yet, but it is looking quite healthy.
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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Feb 2, 2015 10:16 PM CST
Good to know I should winter sow some more this year--I've a surplus of their seeds and didn't know what to do with them; thanks.
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Feb 2, 2015 10:45 PM CST
Black eyed susans are not perennial for me either and actually 'come back' by reseeding. That is the old fashioned yellow ones which I grew.

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