Sweet Black-Eyed Susan

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Add radiance to your garden! If you're looking for clusters of sunshine and color, the Sweet Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia subtomentosa) is sure to make you smile. This native perennial wildflower bursts with a rich yellow that will brighten up any dull garden or rainy day!

This thin-petalled, yellow bloom will bring color and energy to your garden in summer and fall! And the Sweet Black-Eyed Susan is low-maintenance which makes it great for all gardeners, including beginners!

Beneficial Pollinators love this buttery yellow native flower! The elegant yellow of the Sweet Black-Eyed Susan appears as a perfect perch to bees with their ability to see UV light. This flower makes a great symbiotic partner to keep the ecosystem surrounding your garden thriving with pollinator plants!

Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 8 and grows up to 5 feet in height when in bloom and spread up to 24 inches in width. Handling chill and heat, these natives grow, spread politely, and self-seed when allowed to expand their durable sun-loving presence in the landscape!

Planting and Application:

Alight any visitor's eyes with this vibrant yellow along the border of your garden or along a pathway to a wishing well. And don't forget this attractive plant is sure to burst with several heads of blooms simultaneously! Deadhead (or snip a few for your bouquets indoors!) to encourage a rebloom that lasts till frost.

It makes for a stunning sight along a pathway or mixed with other colorful wildflowers in a butterfly garden. Pollinator gardens are ideal locations for these pollen and nectar-rich blooms! Pair this pretty flower with other wildflowers or milkweed to keep the butterflies returning day after day for a tasty meal. And add a bench nearby to watch the show with this un-bee-lievable beauty.

Plant in masses with other hardy perennials throughout tricky slopes and sun-drenched hell strips along sidewalks and driveways for a lovely landscape effect! Blending into mixed perennial plantains for late-season color, spruce up Cottage Gardens while being tough enough for Rock Gardens.

  • Native Sunny Rays Of Sunshine
  • Durable Mounds of Resistant Foliage
  • Pollinator & Bird-Friendly
  • Lasting Cut Flower, Reblooming & Winter Interest
  • Sun-Garden Specimens, Landscape Bed & Border Workhorses!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This robust beauty grows well in well-drained soil and alongside other varieties of flowers. Provide your new plants with moderate moisture, for best performance. Like most natives, this plant will thrive in your yard and will have low-moisture needs once established. or best results and the most blooms, supply supplemental moisture during drought and a 3-4 inch layer of mulch over the entire root system.

Deadhead spent flowers to keep the blooms returning until frost. In the autumn, prune away the dead leaves to remove any potential fungal issues that were present or to prevent self-seeding where not desired. But if you do wish for spring surprises and free winter bird-seed, wait to prune until spring just before you see new growth emerge. Divide clumps every 3-5 years to keep the mounds growing vigorously.

In some locations, it may thrive a little "too well". We take the worry out of the experience when you choose plants from Nature Hills. We use Plant Sentry™ to ensure we follow all local, state, and federal agricultural regulations for plants that can become invasive in your area.

  • Cold & Heat Tolerant In Full Sun
  • Easy to Grow & Low Maintenance - Any Well-Drained Soil Type
  • Rugged & Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Deadhead For Reblooms & Prune In Fall
  • Deer Seldom Bother These & Pest-Resistant

Order the hardy and durable Sweet Black-Eyed Susan and enjoy their native flower power in your landscape today from 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 NatureHills.com 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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Sweet Black-Eyed Susan Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Rudbeckia subtomentosa
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Perennial
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring