Rudbeckia Hirta Drought Tolerant Black Eyed Susan Wildflower Seeds

Rudbeckia Hirta Seeds - Black-eyed Susan

Flower Specifications

Approximate seeds per pound: 1,710,000

Season: Biennial

USDA Zones: 3 - 9

Height: 24 inches

Bloom Season: Late summer and fall

Bloom Color: Golden yellow

Environment: Full sun

Soil Type: Any soils that are not too dry, pH 5.8 - 6.8

Deer Resistant: Yes

Latin Name: Rudbeckia Hirta

Planting Directions

Temperature: 70F

Average Germ Time: 7 - 30 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: Do not cover the seed but press into the soil

Sowing Rate: 1/2 ounce per 1,000 square feet or 2 pounds per acre

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 12 - 18 inches

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia Hirta) - This familiar, yet gorgeous golden yellow wild flower is often seen growing in large colonies along highways, in fields, and in many natural settings. Black-Eyed Susan easily establishes from Rudbeckia Hirta seeds, and it produces clumping, stiff, upright drought tolerant plants. Rudbeckia Black Eyed Susan is native to the eastern United States and is probably the most common of all American wildflowers. They have the characteristic dark brown, domed center which is surrounded by bright, golden yellow petals. Black-Eyed Susan wildflowers thrive in most soils, in full sun, and they forgive neglect. Even though these plants prefer moist soils, they are also quite drought tolerant and can be planted for xeriscape gardening.

Golden yellow blooms

Black-Eyed Susan grows perfectly in gardens, in borders and in flower beds, and it is a great summer time bloomer. The golden yellow blooms are a major color-maker in any wild flower garden.

rudbeckia hirta flowers

Flower seed | black-eyes susan

How to grow

How To Grow Rudbeckia hirta From Seed: Sow Black-Eyed Susan wildflower seeds outdoors any time in the late fall or as early in the spring as the ground can be cultivated. Prepare soil by loosening the top 1 - 2 inches and removing any weeds. Sow the Rudbeckia Hirta seeds into the loosened soil and rake in. Walk over the area to gently press the wildflower seeds into the soil. Keep the Black Eyed Susan seeds moist until germination. Once established, they can become tolerant of drought.

Rudbeckia plants transplant well and should be spaced 12 - 18 inches apart. The Black Eyed Susan plant forms a clump that will reach 12 inches in width. Considered a biennial, it will not bloom much the first year the flower seeds are sown. The following year will bring many more blooms. The seed is small, but it is considered to be very easy to grow.

  • Sowing Rate: 1/2 ounce per 1,000 square feet or 2 pounds per acre
  • Average Germ Time: 7 - 30 days
  • Keep moist until germination
  • Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Depth: Do not cover, but lightly press seed into soil
black eyed susan

Flower Specifications

Butterflies of many species are attracted to its bright blooms. It grows in all regions of North America in any soil from sand to clay, but it must have full sun. Black-eyed Susan care includes deadheading to prolong the bloom season, but the plants will re-seed themselves readily if you leave a few blooms to go to seed.

  • Height: 24 inches
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 9
  • Season: Biennial
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Drought Tolerant: Yes