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Dried Seed Heads Will Feed the Birds During the Winter

By wildflowers
September 9, 2011

Leave the flower heads of Black-eyed Susan, (Rudbeckia) over winter. Although not particularly attractive all dried out, the seed heads will feed the birds.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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Sep 8, 2011 6:24 PM CST
Good tip. And any seeds that drop to the ground will eventually become more Rudbeckias to feed the birds next year.
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Name: Sheila F
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Sep 8, 2011 8:06 PM CST
Great tip! Our wildlife here in Texas where we have had drought and wildfires will be especially greateful.
Name: Christine
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Sep 12, 2011 8:14 AM CST
I am always happy to see the Rudbeckia come back up each year. I have never noticed it to be agressive in our area, as some have claimed but maybe the birds are dropping some seeds off elsewhere LOL!

Sheila, soooo true. We are having some serious drought here this year in most of Texas, even here in the east it has been very dry and much of the wildflowers and food for wildlife is suffering. I am very happy to leave seeds for them and worry that it may not be enough food this winter so, I may put up a feeder.
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