Black-Eyed Susan Seeds & Plants

Attract butterflies, songbirds, and helpful insects

Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta), also called coneflowers — not to be confused with Echinacea — are easy to grow, pest and disease resistant and widely adaptable. Traditional black-eyed Susans have sunny yellow-colored daisy type petals surrounding the prominent central seed cone for which it’s named. These upright plants can grow to between two to three feet tall and are great toward the back of the flower bed or naturalized, providing beautiful blooms from the middle of summer until late fall.

Here at Park Seed, we have the traditional black-eyed Susans but so much more to offer you for your garden. We carry Rudbeckia flowers with unexpected color! We have black-eyed Susans with petals of red or mahogany and bicolor petals of red and yellow or orange and yellow! They still have the prominent black center. That’s not all! We also offer black-eyed Susans in a petite size. Rather than the tall upright size, these plants grow in a mounded shape about 12 inches tall, perfect for containers or the front border of your garden. These mounded varieties will be covered in a profuse number of blooms.

Black-eyed Susans are very easy to grow. They will tolerate soil that is poor quality, or even clay soil. These plants will stand up to heat, drought, humidity and cold. They are very disease resistant and repel most pest insects while inviting beneficial pollinators to feast on their nectar. If that’s not enough, collect stems of black-eyed Susans to dry. They are a great addition to a dried flower arrangement. Not into dried flowers? Leave the last flowers of the season on the plant and watch the birds feast on the seeds of the conehead this winter.

They start from seed easily and naturalize readily. As they're available as perennials, biennials or annuals, there's a black-eyed Susan for everyone!