- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Mature Height: 2-5' tall
- Mature Width: 2-3' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 2-3' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: Finches, sparrows, chickadees, and juncos
- 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® Brown Eyed Susan?
Brown-Eyed Susan brings the flower power! Few native Spirits bloom so profusely and for so long. This dynamo pumps out a parade of sweet, yellow, dark chocolate–centered daisies that goes on for many weeks, from midsummer to early fall. The blooms are a draw for many lovely smaller butterflies, including pearl crescents, skippers, painted ladies, red admirals, buckeyes, and hairstreaks. In fall and winter, the flowers’ brown-black centers are filled with tiny seeds. Goldfinches and Chickadees may descend upon your Brown-Eyed Susans then for a feast, while Juncos and sparrows forage below for seeds that have fallen to the ground.
A treat for pollinators, Brown-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. Brown-Eyed Susan is native to a vast region of the eastern United States. It grows most abundantly in the Midwest and Northeast, though its range extends from Minnesota to Vermont in the North and from Texas to Florida in the South.
How to use in the landscape?
Include it in your cutting garden! Brown-Eyed Susan makes a perky addition to fresh-cut bouquets. Plus, it flowers so prolifically that you won’t even be able to tell that some stems are missing.
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: 4-8
Mature Height: 2-5' tall
Mature Width: 2-3' wide
Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
Spacing: 2-3' apart
How To Plant
Brown-Eyed Susan is a plant for moist but not wet soil. It is most floriferous in full sun, though afternoon shade will produce good results, too. Actually, some protection from the afternoon sun can help prevent wilting on the hottest days. Brown-Eyed Susan is technically a biennial, which means that individual plants live only two 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: 4-8