Black Eyed Susan
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) This native prairie biennial wildflower is quite common and familiar to most of us who have walked a wild meadow or browsed the gardens of their local parks. Black Eyed Susan is a common name shared by a long list of plants, but this is the species native to northeastern North America. First Nations peoples regularly utilized many parts of this plant to treat a number of illnesses, including cold and flu. This short-lived perennial bears daisy-like flowers with dark centers, occurring singly on 1-2 ft. stems. A fantastic looking plant in a mass planting or in the planters of your backyard that blooms from June to October. Butterflies, bees, and a variety of insects are attracted to the flowers for the nectar. Our selection comes from Riding Mountain MB in 2009. We spotted a wild stand near Lake Audy on our trip to visit the Bison enclosure. These plants have distinct yellow outer pedals giving way to a slight orange hue near the center.
75 seeds per packet $3.95
Planting Instructions: Requires cold stratification before seeding. (4-5 weeks of refrigeration.) Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. Broadcast seed on top of soil and lightly cover with dome or plastic film until emergence.