Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer') in the Black Eyed Susans Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 36 - 48 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Other: Golden-yellow with chocolate-black cones
Bloom Size: 6"-12"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Other: To frost. Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Uses: Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Self sows
Pollinators: Hoverflies
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: AAS (All-America Selection®): 1995
Other: 1999 Mississippi Medallion Winner


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Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 27, 2014 8:02 PM

Taller, bigger flowers, and more stately than Rudbeckia fulgida. Looks great paired with Echinacea, especially Magnus, which is a similar height. Seeds need to be cold treated, so this plant is great for winter sowing.

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Oct 10, 2014 6:41 PM

'Indian Summer' is a favorite. With its large big yellow, dark-coned flowers, it is showy, beautiful, and charming in the garden. Long blooming from early summer to frost. Attracts butterflies. Great as a cut flower. Deer and rabbit resistant. Can be grown in containers as well as in the ground. Drought tolerant once established. Best treated as an annual, as it is a short-lived perennial.

1995 AAS Flower Award Winner.

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