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Rudbeckia hirta

Black-eyed susan

Rudbeckia hirta is a native flowering plant widespread across the southeast. It does best in full sun to part shade, in moist to dry soils. It grows up to three feet tall in the growing season and dies back almost completely in the winter. Leaving dormant stems provides necessary over-wintering habitat for pollinators. This plant readily self-seeds areas and creates colonies. Bright yellow flowers bloom in the summer and attract many pollinators. Birds eat the seeds in the fall and winter. This is also a host plant for a few native butterfly species. Rudbeckia hirta works well as a specimen plant in a yard or rain garden.

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Plant type

  • Flowering Perennial

Mature Height

  • Up to 3'

Wetland Indicator Status

  • (FAC) Facultative upland


  • Bird Supportive
  • Summer Bloomer
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Butterfly and Pollinator Supportive

Planting Zone

  • Riparian Zone
  • Upland
  • Slope
  • Riparian Buffer
  • Buffer

Classification by Use

  • Erosion Control
  • Rain Garden
  • Showy Native