Indian Summer Black-Eyed Susan

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Dream of those last warm days of autumn and add sunshine to your garden with the AAS-winning Indian Summer Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer') and its brilliant golden-yellow flowers! Framing a chocolatey brown raised center, the daisy-like ray petals shine in contrast and offer up the perfect landing pad for pollinators and bees to frolic in their pollen and nectar-rich blooms!

Blooming from July to September, Indian Summer has won the hearts of everyone who looks upon it, and it's easy to see why! From the stout stems that hold aloft the tall Daisy-like flowers to the dark green foliage that forms dense mounds that turn to mahogany in the fall - there's so much to love!

These late-season blooms soon become seedheads full of free birdseed! Songbirds delight in this fall and winter treat, while the dried blooms sculpt the snow for winter interest! Hardy herbaceous perennials throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9, this Rudbeckia can grow up to 4 feet in height when in bloom and spread into politely expanding mounds 12-18 inches wide.

Planting and Application:

Indian Summer has tall blooms for back-of-the-border specimen groupings and tall focal points throughout the sunny landscape! Yet it also keeps a slim profile to accommodate even the smallest of garden plots or urban courtyards alike!

This hardy perennial is great in cut flower and mixed perennial borders, adding tall cheerfulness to Cottage gardens or even brightening up a Rock Garden! Rudbeckia is often used for creating prairie installations with Ornamental Grasses and other native plants. Mixed among wildflower and pollinator gardens, or create low-maintenance, naturalized areas full of cheerful blooms.

These plants are tough enough for hell strips along roadside gardens and sidewalks that may get salted in the winter or have poor quality soil, or en masse to fill hard-to-mow hillsides or sunbaked swaths of bare ground! Create an effortless Xeric installation, slow erosion, or become part of a Fire-wise defensible zone with ease!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Black-Eyed Susans are easy to care for perfect for the novice gardener! These herbaceous perennials die back each winter and grow anew in the spring throughout a wide range of growing zones and conditions! Indian Summer needs to be grown in full sun in somewhat moist soil conditions in a well-drained area. Provide new installations with regular moderate moisture their first year, but once established, they become highly drought-tolerant!

Deadhead the first round of blooms to encourage reblooming, and you can then let the last blooms go to seed for your songbirds, winter interest, and to self-seed for free plants next year. Prune down the entire plant, removing the stems and leaves to your compost bin or yard waste each fall. Remove the leaves and stems if your plant displays any signs of powdery mildew in the autumn to prevent fungal issues from overwintering. Otherwise, you can also prune back your perennials in the spring before new growth emerges.

However, Rudbeckia can self-seed a bit too well and become a problem in some areas, which is why Nature Hills employs Plant Sentry™ to remain compliant with all local, state, and federal agricultural regulations when shipping these plants around the country, keeping your local ecosystems safe!

  • Full Sun Blooms!
  • Adaptable to Most Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Deadhead For Rebloom & Prune In Fall Or Spring
  • Powdery Mildew Resistant Foliage!

Order your own garden sunshine and extend your enjoyment well into late autumn with the Indian Summer Black-Eyed Susan! Order yours now at Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Indian Summer Black-Eyed Susan Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 34 - 48 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 18 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Normal
Moisture Moderate to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Golden-Yellow
Foliage Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn