Black-Eyed Susan Fast Facts

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Black-Eyed Susans are biennial wildflowers that are most common in the eastern regions of the United States. These wildflowers are easy to care for and appreciate direct sunlight and limited shade. Black-eyed Susans get their name from their bright yellow and golden colors that are complemented by their dark, purplish centers.


Black-eyed Susans are not sensitive to varying ph levels in soil. They grow quickly and thrive in open woods, fields, and gardens.

Height & Width

These wildflowers have stalks that can grow quite tall, up to 8 inches long. Their flowers can bloom up to 3 inches across.

Competitive Flowers

As a competitive flower, black-eyed Susans can take over surrounding plants and flowers if left untamed.

Poor Resistence

These flowers have a poor resistance to deer and rabbits, and can easily become victim to their voracious appetites. They also attract bees, birds and butterflies.

Small Visitors

Black-eyed Susans serve as a home for black carpenter ants, leopard slugs, ticks, chiggers, goldenrod spiders and European starlings.


These flowers germinate between seven and 30 days and commonly bloom between late summer and early fall.


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