- Hardiness Zone: 3-7
- Mature Height: 2-3' tall
- Mature Width: 1-2' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 1-2' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: Finches
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® Black-Eyed Susan?
Color all summer long! Big yellow flowers with mahogany cones bloom all summer, making Black-Eyed Susan a favorite among landscapers, gardeners, and nature lovers. You’ve probably seen this cherished native used in public parks and commercial landscapes, so easy is it to grow and so generous with its flowers. It will make a splendid addition to your own mixed border, meadow, cutting garden, or container planting as well. Black-Eyed Susan will also be a favorite with your local wildlife! Bees and butterflies adore the flowers, and Goldfinches appear in fall and winter to dine on the seeds.
A treat for pollinators, Black-Eyed Susan nourishes many of our hardworking native bees. Bumblebees, digger bees, mining bees, sweat bees, leaf-cutting bees, carpenter bees, and cuckoo bees all visit this plant to forage for nectar and pollen. One species of mining bee seeks out Rudbeckia plants (Brown-Eyed and Black-Eyed Susans) specifically to feed its young—Rudbeckia pollen is the only type of pollen its larvae can eat. Black-Eyed Susan is native to the central and eastern United States. It has also naturalized in the West, as gardeners everywhere enjoy growing this adaptable plant. It can be found in the wild in all of the lower 48 states.
How to use in the landscape?
Black-Eyed Susan plays host to some other interesting insects. The darling silvery checkerspot butterfly sometimes lays its eggs on its foliage. Several moth species take advantage of this plant, too, including the fascinating camouflaged looper. This clever caterpillar eats the flower parts of its host plant, and literally glues bits of the petals to its body while it eats to hide itself from predators! Eventually, it transforms into a pretty jade-green moth.
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 3-7
Mature Height: 2-3' tall
Mature Width: 1-2' wide
Exposure: Full Sun
Spacing: 1-2' apart
How To Plant
Give Black-Eyed Susan a position in full sun for best results. The soil should be of average moisture, but if it’s a little on the dry side, that’s OK, too. This is a short-lived perennial, and individual plants will typically only flourish for a couple of years. No need to worry about it disappearing, however, because it reseeds prolifically! Just leave the seedheads standing all winter (birds will appreciate that), and don’t cut them down until early spring. Surplus plants that result may be moved elsewhere or given to friends.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 3-7