Also called Black-eyed Susan
The cultivated version of Rudbeckia has a wider leaf. But otherwise, the blooms look almost identical.
These flowers are NOT in our garden. However, they are growing wild on the sides of the roads all around here and they do make the road-side much prettier.
For growing instructions and a guide to the different varieties, visit the Better Homes and Gardens website.
To learn more, visit the Northern Virginia Ecology website. Here is a sample of the information that they provide…
Black-eyed Susans are biennial, which means they live for two years. In the first year, the plant grows a rosette, which is a group of leaves growing from the center, low to the ground. In the second year, the plant sends up flower stalks. At the end of the second year, the plant dies.
Butterflies, bees, flies, and other insects visit flowers for nectar. When they drink nectar, they accidentally move pollen from one plant to another. This allows the plant to grow fruits and seeds, which are lightweight and travel by wind.
Black-eyed Susans bloom from June to October.