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What’s In Bloom? Black-eyed Susan!

Jul 1, 2024 | Sustainability, Wildlife & Biodiversity | 0 comments

As development continues in the Bucks County area and beyond, reducing forests and farms to strip malls and neighborhoods, the plants in YOUR yard, garden, or local farm are more important than ever. The spaces that you tend can be both beautiful and enrich the environment. You can make a difference just by the plants you choose in your garden. Choose natives!

A great native that thrives in most gardens and is a pollinator star is Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta). 

Black-eyed Susan is a cheerful flowering short-lived perennial plant, native to our area, that blooms in early summer and keeps on blooming until fall. The yellow flowers attract many pollinators including butterflies, moths, and bees. The plant is also a host plant to bordered patch, gorgone checkerspot, and silvery checkerspot caterpillars. Black-eyed Susan are thought to deter mosquitoes as they attract mosquito-hunting dragonflies.

Picture: bordered patch larva, gorgone checkerspot adult butterfly, and silvery checkerspot adult butterfly

Besides helping wildlife, black-eyed Susans have a very deep root system which provides soil stability and prevents erosion. 

They can tolerate a variety of soil moisture levels and sun exposure so they can do well in most gardens. As mentioned, their deep root system makes them drought tolerant. A perfect addition to any garden! 

Consider adding this beautiful plant to your garden! Some local native plant nurseries include:

Graphic demonstrating the root system of different plants, black-eyed Susan is the second plant from the right. Alliance for the Cheasapeake Bay.

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