Landscape Literacy

Plant of the Week: Black-eyed Susan

A native plant, and Maryland’s state flower, the Black-eyed Susan – Rudbeckia fulgida – is a perennial favorite. Golden yellow flowers 3-4″ across have a black cone center and bloom from July through September. This low maintenance plant will attract butterflies and hummingbirds and mixes well with other perennials in a cut-flower bed.

Light Needs: Full sun

Watering Needs: Drought tolerant once established

Average Size: 24″ – 30″

Why we love this plant: Not only is this a native plant that serves as a great pollinator, but it also makes a beautiful cut-flower. It works well in mass plantings or along hardscape walls. Handling any soil and being drought tolerant makes it a great, low-maintenance choice for any landscape design!