Rudbeckia hirta (Brown-Eyed Susan)
Brown-Eyed Susan 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. Brown-Eyed Susan prefers well-draining soil.
Brown-Eyed Susan 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|
|Present in state|
|Present in county and native|
|Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state|
|Not present in state|
|Present and rare, native in county|
|Previously present, now extinct|
|Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)|