Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)


Plant Family

Aster Family (Asteraceae)

Common Names

Black-eyed Susan, Coneflower


  • Perennial plant native to eastern North American
  • Although not technically considered water wise, Rudbeckia will grow in dry areas but they perform best in moist well drained soils
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 3 through
  • Do best in full sun / can tolerate a little light shade
  • This plant forms a large clump and is great planted in masses
  • Cheerful flowering sunflower-like flowers of yellow / gold have brown to black central cones
  • Long bloom time that starts in summer and ends in the fall
  • ‘Golstrum’ is a popular widely grown tall cultivar that grows 2 to 3 feet tall
  • A small cultivar, ‘Viette’s Little Suzy’ is also available that grows to about a foot tall 
    Cluster of yellow flowers with dark centers
    Black-eyed Susan plant Photo credit: Jodi Grundig Flickr CC BY-NC-2.0


Seed attracts birds

Bee on a yellow flower with a dark center
Bee visits Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) flower Photo credit: Christine Majul Flickr CC  BY 2.0


Additional Resources:


Illinois – hortanswers