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Indian Summer Black-Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer'

Large, golden yellow, daisy-like flowers with black centers appear in profusion throughout the warm season. A great choice for adding bright, cheerful color to wildflower meadows or sunny, informal borders. Will naturalize in the garden by self-seeding. An herbaceous perennial.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationrud-BEK-ee-uh HER-tuh
LoreNative Americans used the roots of Rudbeckia in lieu of medicinal Echinacea when the latter was unavailable.
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 24 to 30 in. tall, 2 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer through Fall
Design IdeasUse 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Long Bloom Season, Repeat Flowering, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureExtreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsConeflower (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

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