The Main Plant entry for Black Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Flowers: Showy

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Common names
  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Gloriosa Daisy
  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Brown-Eyed Susan
  • Yellow Ox-Eye Daisy
  • Common Black-Eyed Susan

Photo Gallery
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2017-08-19
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2018-10-03
#pollination
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-06-27
Self-seeded crosses & a Purple Cone Flower
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2009-07-11
Location: West Jefferson, North Carolina
Date: 2023-09-11
Sunbeckia
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2018-08-27
#pollination
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-08-08
#pollination
Location: front pasture
Date: 2016-06-03
Location: My Garden
Date: 2012-09-08
Location: Photo by Carol Bacskai; Moab, UT
Date: 2021-07-05
Location: In my garden 
Date: 10/03/2011
Location: Washburn Park, Lake Dardanelle
Date: June 19 2021
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2020-07-08
Black-Eyed Susan 045
Location: Garden 2
Date: 2013-08-27
I have seen only this particular butterfly go for the Rudbecka.
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-07-06
Darkest volunteer so far

Date: 2019-07-25
Location: Maine
Location: Washburn Park, Lake Dardanelle
Date: June 19 2021
Location: South Carolina
Location: Maine
Location: South Carolina
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA
Date: 2021-06-29
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: Late summer 2010
Fast growing and heavy blooming in full sun.
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Date: November 
Rudbeckia
Location: Home garden
Date: 2020-07-24
By KYgal
Location: Willow Valley Communities, Willow Street, Pennsylvania
Date: 2022-07-30
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2009-07-05
Location: Beautiful Tennessee,  Cade's Cove 
Date: 2018-09-13
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Date: 2021-06-01
Location: Mountains of northern California
Date: August 20, 2015
Colors distored from smoke of the fires up here.  The rose is 'Fi
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-06-14
Location: My Dentist's garden, Jamshedpur- India
Date: 2017-12-28
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-09-30
#pollination
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-07-01
wild volunteers
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-07-05

Date: 2014-09-10
Location: Gause, Texas
Date: 2020-05-06
Growing wild on our rural property Gause, TX.
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2020-09-24
This is a very happy bunch of flowers.
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2010-07-09
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2008-08-21
#pollination
Photo by huggergirl
Location: Cincinnati, Oh
Date: June 2009
Green-eyed rudbeckia hirta
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2009-07-10
Location: Kalama, wa
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Garden 1
Date: 2013-08-27
Raised from annual seeds.
Location: Maine
Date: 2015-08-02

Courtesy Outsidepride
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Missouri zone 6a
Date: 2022-08-09
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-06-29

Date: 2012-07-14
Location: Shamong, NJ
Date: 2018-06-25
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-06-29
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-06-29

Date: 2022-08-16
Location: Hillwood Gardens, Washington, DC
Date: 2019-11-03
Late season bloom
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2008-07-07
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2020-07-08
Black Eyed Susans 040
Photo by sedumzz

Date: 2017-09-11
Location: Kentucky
Date: 2018-06-14
seems to have some type of mutation
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2009-07-05
Bizarre
Location: Garden 2
Date: 2013-09-20
Different colours are all in one plant that came out of one singl
Location: Tarlton
Date: 2017-09-07

Date: 2014-07-02
Location: Fairfax, VA | August 2022
Date: 2022-08-28
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2020-04-23
Location: Shamong, NJ
Date: July 2, 2020
Location: Pleasant Grove, utah
Date: 2009-07-11
Double
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2009-07-11
Location: DISCLAIMER: This is an old photo from an old phone. I don't know why, but the photos look "deep fried". sorry about that.
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2017-08-28
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-06-29
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2015-06-12
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-08-01
Twisted Rudy
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-07-02

Date: 2015-07-16
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2009-06-30

Date: 2013-07-24
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-10-17

Date: 2019-06-03
  • Uploaded by jon
Location: KALAMA WA
  • Uploaded by Joy

Date: 2015-07-06
Location: Fairfax, VA | June, 2022
Location: Cincinnati, Oh
Date: June 2009
Green-eyed rudbeckia hirta
Location: Kentucky
Date: 2018-06-14
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-07-06
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2017-07-26
Soon to bloom.

Date: 2013-07-12
With Phlox
Location: Waukesha, Wi
Date: 2011-08-10
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-07-30
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2008-08-14
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-13
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2009-07-05

Date: 2011-11-23

Date: 2014-08-05
Location: MN
Date: 2016-08-12
Flower
Photo by jmorth
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2008-07-02
Location: In my garden 
Date: 10/03/2011
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-10-07
Location: Denver, Colorado
Date: July
These eye-catching flowers have petals the color of the sun.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2008-06-22
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2008-07-06
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2008-07-13
Location: 9a
Date: 2019-06-09
#pollination

Date: 2021-09-18
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2013-05-29

Date: 2014-07-20
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-09-23
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2010-06-24

Date: 2019-06-03
  • Uploaded by jon
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2008-07-22
#pollination
Location: Fairfax, VA | June, 2022

Date: 2011-09-05

Date: 2011-11-02

Date: 2014-06-16

Date: 2014-06-16
Location: Canton, OH
Location: Canton, OH

Date: 2014-09-05
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2011-09-14
Wintersown seedling.
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Date: 2015-07-20
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2009-07-12
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2018-09-09
Rudbeckia - Black Eyed Susan 001
Location: Hamilton Square Perennial Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2014-06-03
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2014-09-02
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2007-05-14
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2007-08-09
self set beside my pond..
Location: Kalama, Wa
Date: 2010-08-10
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Jacksonville, Fl.
Date: 2014-05-12
In it's second year in my garden. Showing very strong growth!
Location: Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-07
Location: Fairfax, VA | August 2022
Date: 2022-08-28
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-06-04
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-06-04
Location: Home
Date: 2016-08-04
'Little Susie" buds
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-07-09

Date: August
credit: Parkerdr
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-06-22
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-06-01
re-seeder
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-06-18
Location: central Illinois
Date: 7-5-11

Date: 2014-07-02
Location: Kalama, Wa
Date: 2008-06-29
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Fairfax, VA | August 2022
Date: 2022-08-28

Date: 2014-08-23
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-06-27
Location: central Illinois
Date: 8-14-11
Not the mantis right of center.
Location: Hamilton Square Perennial Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2015-03-20
 Black Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) in zone 9b.
Location: central Illinois
Date: summer 2007
Location: Fairfax, VA | July, 2022
Location: central Illinois
Date: 8-18-11
Mantis loose in world of flowers...
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-07-02
shows the "hairs" on the stem
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-07-02
Location: Home
Date: 2016-07-11

Date: 2015-07-20

Date: 2014-09-05
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-06-09
Black-Eyed Susan 013
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-08-30
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-03-13

Date: 2019-08-23
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-07-12
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2013-05-29
Flowering plant
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-02-17
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2013-05-03
Young plant growth

Date: 2015-07-06
Location: Cascade of Time Garden, Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-01
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-08-06
note the hairy pubescence on stems
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-07-16

Date: 2015-07-02
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 4000-08-16
Location: Canada
Location: western Oregon
Date: spring 2014

Date: 2016-07-23
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-09-03
Location: central Illinois
Date: 8-9-11
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2009-08-02

Date: 2007-08-29

Date: 2015-07-06

Date: 2008-08-16

Date: 2014-08-28

Date: 2012-07-07
Location: Mountains of northern California
Date: August 20, 2015
CColors distored from smoke of the fires up here.  The rose is 'F
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-07-05

Date: 2014-08-19
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2017-07-26
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2015-07-30

photo credit: Elena Gaillard

Date: 2014-09-05
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-06-16
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-06-21
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2015-06-09

Date: 2016-09-15
Location: Peterborough, ON, Canada
Date: 2015-07-03

Date: 2016-09-15
Photo by paulaf
Location: Tarlton
Date: 2017-09-12
Peek-a-boo
Location: Tarlton
Date: 2017-09-08
Location: Home
Date: 2016-08-04
'Little Susie' cultivar
Location: Home
Date: 2016-08-04
'Little Susie' leaves
Location: Medina Co., Texas
Date: June 2, 2012
Brown-eyed Susan
Location: Sangamon Co. Il.
Date: 2018-05-20
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-07-23
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2007-08-23
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2007-08-20
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2007-08-23
  • Uploaded by Joy

Date: 2014-07-09

Date: 2012-06-30

Date: 2012-06-30

Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Round flower box
Date: 2017-08-01
First year growing plant
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2015-05-21
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2015-05-21
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2012-05-31
Growing in the wild

Date: 2012-07-13
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-07-02
Location: Home
Date: 2016-07-11

Date: 2015-07-16
Location: Home
Date: 2016-07-11
Location: Home
Date: 2016-07-11
Location: Home

Date: 2012-06-24

Date: 2012-06-24

Date: 2015-07-20
Photo by Cem9165
Location: Babcock-Webb WMA - Charlotte County, Florida
Date: 09-FEB-2005
Photo courtesy of Brian Ahern

Date: 2014-08-12

Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2013-05-16
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-07-12
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2006-07-29
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Cascade of Time Garden, Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-01
Location: Cascade of Time Garden, Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-01

Date: 2012-07-05
Location: my garden zone 7b NC
Date: 2012-06-22
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2009-07-08
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: my garden 
Date: 2013-06-24
Location: Waynesboro MS
Date: 2008-06-03

Date: 2016-07-23
Location: my garden 
Date: 2014-05-13
Location: my garden 
Date: 2014-05-13
second yr

Date: 2012-07-07

Date: 2014-08-19

Date: 2014-08-19

Date: 2014-09-05

Date: 2013-07-12

Date: 2013-07-12

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  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 1, 2011 3:19 AM concerning plant:
    Definitely one of my favorite flowers. Years ago my garden received its first Rudbeckia hirta. I'm not sure which variety came first; it performed well, and to my delight some of the originals survived that winter. The following spring I noted quite a few new seedlings and ascertained it was a self-seeder. The winter before that spring, I'd started a couple of different varieties under lights in the basement, subsequently transplanting them into the garden, where they (and the few survivors and their offspring) again made a most favorable impression on me. The next season, I started yet another variety or two and translocated those new plants in amongst the ones already in the garden. This was probably the first time I noted some of the self-seeded ones weren't necessarily like their parents in form or bloom. Some of these new forms displayed distinguishable characteristics of different parental lines on the same plant! I concluded the original varieties were getting crossed naturally and their offspring would inevitability present different characteristics. The originals planted in those formulative gardening years were Cherokee Sunset, Green Eyes, Prairie Sun, Chim Chiminee, and Irish Eyes.
    Every season thereafter has found me in a state of eager anticipation as to what new presentations I would discover where the 'Rudy's' grow. Every year since, something new has blessed my visual palette. Some are amazingly beautiful, some downright bizarre, but always something new. I'll post some of my favorites here so that you may enjoy their unique manifestations yourself.

    To assure a decent return, I've stopped mulching that area of the garden. Unmulched ground produces a higher seedling-return ratio.
    A couple of years ago I introduced a new variety into the mix, Cherry Brandy, and I have started to see some of its characteristics assimilated into these 'self-crossed' mixes' offspring.

    (Actually, my first photo (photographed 6-27-11) above illustrates what I just described).
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Oct 3, 2011 7:22 PM concerning plant:
    Black-eyed susan is a common reseeder in my garden. I never know where the next plant might pop up. There are many fancy varieties available at the nurseries, but no matter which type I try, they all seem to reseed to the old-fashioned single yellow variety. No matter, as that is my favorite anyway.

    Rita on the north shore of Long Island, New York zone 6/7, where it is humid during our Long Island summers.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jul 2, 2018 9:03 PM concerning plant:
    This genus is composed of about 15 species of annuals, biennials, and perennials native to North America of the Composite or Aster Family. The name comes from being named after Olof Rudbeck, a Swedish botanist who lived from 1630 to 1702.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 22, 2013 7:59 PM concerning plant:
    "Rudbeckia hirta, black-eyed Susan, is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the central United States. It is one of a number of plants with the common name black-eyed Susan. Other common names for this plant include: brown-eyed Susan, brown Betty, gloriosa daisy, golden Jerusalem, Poorland daisy, yellow daisy, and yellow ox-eye daisy.

    It is an upright annual (sometimes biennial or perennial) growing 12–39 inches tall by 12–18 inches wide. It has alternate, mostly basal leaves 10–18 cm long, covered by coarse hair, with stout branching stems and daisy-like, composite flowers appearing in late summer and early autumn. In the species, the flowers are up to 4 inches in diameter, with yellow ray-florets circling conspicuous brown or black, dome-shaped disc-florets. However, extensive breeding has produced a range of sizes and colours, including oranges, reds and browns.

    Butterflies are attracted to Rudbeckia hirta when planted in large color-masses."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...
  • Posted by Paul2032 ( Utah - Zone 5b) on Jun 30, 2012 2:09 PM concerning plant:
    Over 40 years ago, before I got married and left my parents' home, I went to a nursery and saw Rudbeckia for the first time. I bought several,plants and took them home for my parents' garden. My dad did not like them...he thought they looked like sunflowers, which to him were weeds. He planted them and they began to naturalize around his yard. He grew to love them because they are so willing. The ones in my garden are descendants of those original plants. Each year they move around my garden, but they are always welcome because they provide color during those hot summer days. Mine are single, double, yellow, and yellow with different eye patterns. Love them with Echinaceas, which also naturalize in my yard.
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jul 4, 2012 5:25 PM concerning plant:
    Regarding perennial vs annual:
    I would characterize most Rudbeckias as short-time perennials best treated as annuals. Most have the ability to return in following years, but in my experience they seldom do. The reason for that here is climate variability. If you live in an area that is subject to freezes and thaws, some plants are very susceptible to heaving. Rudbeckia is such a plant. Root exposure to the elements can cause a plant's demise.
    That said, it should be noted that a couple of varieties of Rudbeckia can be viewed as perennial border essentials as they reliably return (and usually expand) year after year. Prime example of the reliable kind is Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm.' Another is R. nitida 'Herbstsonne.'
    Rudbeckia hirta are the non-reliable species. However, R. hirta do self-seed easily. Different varieties of R. hirta can easily cross, which may manifest, in the subsequent season's display, unique characteristics from both cultivars in the same plant.
Plant Events from our members
piksihk On June 4, 2020 Bloomed
Front bed HW; near coneflower
piksihk On June 16, 2015 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
piksihk On April 16, 2015 Seeds germinated
pot
MrsBinWY On March 24, 2018 Potted up
8
MrsBinWY On February 3, 2018 Seeds germinated
5
MrsBinWY On January 20, 2018 Seeds sown
Milk jug in sun porch; 16 seeds from 2017 garden.
MrsBinWY On April 15, 2017 Potted up
10
MrsBinWY On February 25, 2017 Seeds germinated
6 already germinated in fridge, so put all 16 in a milk jug 2-26-17 & moved to sun porch.
MrsBinWY On February 18, 2017 Seeds sown
coffee filter in baggie in fridge for 60 days; 16 seeds from mix from luvsgrtdanes
aikenforflowers On April 10, 2022 Transplanted
Minibeckia 'Flame'
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Rudbeckia and Lilies by lovemyhouse Jan 30, 2012 2:32 AM 1
Rudbeckia ID by Calif_Sue Aug 8, 2015 10:51 PM 2
Misidentified? by zuzu Jun 9, 2016 4:18 AM 0
Is this really Rudbeckia triloba? by zuzu Jun 9, 2016 4:20 AM 0

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