Black-Eyed Susan or Rudbeckia hirta is a new flower to me which sprouted up from the free packet of seeds given away by Beautify Crestwood. What was a surprise was that the seeds were only planted on March 26th and the flowers are looking spectacular on July 6th.
This plant is usually an annual to a short-lived perennial which is why it germinates so quickly. Save the seeds in the fall since it grows so well from a spring planting. While most natives need cold-stratification, this plant grew well with just an early spring planting.
There’s a good chance we may give away more seeds in the fall, so make sure you subscribe and you’ll get a notice when the seeds are available.