Indian Summer Black-Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer'
Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
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|Botanical Pronunciation||rud-BEK-ee-uh HER-tuh|
|Lore||Native Americans used the roots of Rudbeckia in lieu of medicinal Echinacea when the latter was unavailable.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Quickly reaches 24 to 30 in. tall, 2 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Summer through Fall|
|Design Ideas||Use this versatile native in perennial borders for middle height late season color. A natural component of the meadow and prairie garden. Combine with North American native perennials in wildlife habitat gardens. Highbrow color for foundation plantings out front. Spectacular along a picket fence or to mark an arbor gate. Particularly well suited to rustic woodsy home sites.|
|Flower Attribute||Flowers for Cutting, Long Bloom Season, Repeat Flowering, Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Contemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Flower & Rose Food|
|Special Feature||Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Fast Growing|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.|
|Companion Plants||Coneflower (Echinacea); Avens (Geum); Switch Grass (Panicum); Blue Mist Shrub (Caryopteris); Delphinium (Delphinium)|
Thrives in average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, tolerates mild drought, but prefers regular water. Remove spent flowers to promote continued bloom. Hard prune at the end of the season. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9