Rudbeckia hirta (Brown-Eyes Susan)
Rudbeckia hirta is a cheerful biennial or short-lived perennial that re-seeds easily. Birds enjoy the seeds and pollinators frequent the plants for nectar. It is also a host plant for Bordered Patch and Gorgone Checkerspot butterflies. The blooms last longer if protected from the hot afternoon sun. Rudbeckia hirta prefers well-draining soil.
Rudbeckia hirta fits in well in the meadow, wildflower and cottage gardens, perennial beds, micro-prairies, and naturalized areas.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun exposure||Full to part sun|
|Mature height||1-3 ft|
|Mature spread||1-2 ft|
|Host plant||Bordered Patch and Gorgone Checkerspot butterflies|