Are you looking for a low maintenance, pop of color to add to your landscape?

Our plant of the week this week is Rudbeckia hirta, commonly known as Black-Eyed Susan. This is a perennial plant, native to Northwest Louisiana, and characterized by its vibrant yellow petals and dark brown cones. These sunny flowers make great, easy-to care-for-ornamentals. Since they’re native here, they’re well adapted for our climate, and attract bees, butterflies, and other native wildlife. In the winter, their seeds are a favorite for local birds.

Rudbeckia hirta prefers full sun (but can handle partial sun), acidic or neutral soil, well-drained soil, and doesn’t require much fertilization. Some compost should be enough to encourage growth. Water frequently during the plant’s first growing season, but once established they’re drought-resistant. Once mature, your Black-Eyed Susans will bloom in summer through fall.

Have a great weekend!