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Rudbeckia hirta ''Indian Summer''

Black-eyed Susan (Transitional Plant)

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Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)

It's hard not to like this cheerful, long-blooming summertime flower. A cultivar of the Black-eyed Susan, it is typically an annual in the central Midwest. The typical daisylike flowerheads consist of an outer ring of ray florets and a central receptacle composed of many disk florets. The rough-textured basal leaves are diamond shaped, four to seven inches long, with three conspicuous veins. Plants produce erect, bristly stems to three feet tall, which branch freely and bear hairy lance shaped leaves.

Additional Information:
Rudbeckia hirta "Indian Summer" has a distinctive golden/red color. Petals are yellow/gold in flower with a dark brown to black center. Average flower diameter is four inches.

34-48 Inches


12-18 Inches


Bloom/Seasonal Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
The removal of dead or spent flower heads will extend the flowering season.

Good Companions
Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium), Eastern Blazing Star (Liatris scariosa), Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation




Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture


Special Uses

Fresh Cut Flower

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar