Black Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta Perennial. 1-2'.
Large orange yellow daisy-like flower has a large dark brown conical tufted center. Blooms from mid summer well into fall. Attracts birds into the garden. Plants spread 2 or 3 feet wide. Native to North America, Black Eyed Susan withstands low water situations or drought easlily. Easy to grow. Grows well in Zones 3 to 11.
Planting Directions: Start seed indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last frost. Sow seed on the surface of a sterile seed starting medium. Maintain soil temperature of 70° to 80°. Or direct sow seed outdoors 2 weeks before last frost. Plant in well prepared soil in a sunny location with good drainage. Will tolerate a variety of soil types, but does best in well drained soil. Broadcast the seeds on soil surface. Germination usually takes 5-21 days with light and temperatures of 70°-75°. Feed annually with a general garden fertilizer or top dress with compost. Water regularly during the summer, and deadhead frequently. Once plants are established they require less water and are good for xeriscaping. Divide or thin every 3-4 years. Self seeding.