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Black-Eyed Susan | Perennial

Black-Eyed Susan | Perennial

There will never be a more classic wildflower than the beloved Black-Eyed Susan. Adored by not only gardeners, these daisy-like blooms attract butterflies, bees and other insects for their nectar. 

In the garden, they will thrive in landscapes, borders, butterfly gardens, or containers. A very versatile and resilient plant, Black Eyed Susan are happy to bask in the sun, forgive neglect and can take on the toughest of weather conditions. Just be sure not to overcrowd or water their leaves as this can lead to fungal issues. 

Feel like you've spotted these flowers before? You likely have as they can be found as annuals, biennials, or perennials.

As a wildflower, you likely have seen them lining the fields or popping up along the roadside in ditches - this biennial in the wild can be treated as a short-lived perennial in the garden. It self-seeds abundantly, naturalizing easily. 

This week we are talking and showcasing the long-lasting Black Eyed Susan perennials that will keep coming back and blooming year after year - specifically the Goldsturmm variety. This stunning bloom makes for a beautiful cut-flower just before the buds completely open.

Black-Eyed Susan Perennial Care & Maintenance: 

Light: thrives in full sun and tolerates partial sun

Bloom Time: June - August

Check plants regularly to see if they need watering; avoid letting them dry out, and avoid excess moisture on the leaves, as it can encourage disease.

1-3' tall


Hardiness Zones: 3-9


  • Remove faded/dead flowers to prolong blooming and minimize self-seeding.
  • Cutting back black-eyed Susan after flowering may result in a second, smaller bloom in late fall.
  • Black-eyed Susan spreads by self-seeding (after the first year) and underground rhizomes; this can result in it overtaking other nearby flowers.

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