Indigenous to many parts of the United States, black eyed susans were introduced into Europe soon after Columbus visited America. The plant was named by Linnaeus in 1753 who gave them the Latin name Rudbeckia hirta after his mentor Olaf Rudbeck and hirta meaning rough, hairy. The black eyed susan was used by many Native American tribes to wash sores and swellings and treat colds in children. In 1918, the prolific yellow and brown flower was designated as the Maryland state flower. Each year this flower has its moment of glory when a huge drape made of hundreds of black eyed susans decorates the horse winning horse at the Preakness, the second jewel of the triple crown of horse racing.
Plant your seeds in full sun to partial shade in any soil type. Seeds germinate in 10-14 days. Plant is heat and drought tolerant.
- Packet of flower seeds
- Annual plant
- Space 8-10 inches apart at 1/2" depth
- Plant in full sun to partial shade
- Germinates in 10-14 days at 72 degrees F
- Grows in all soil types
- Heat and drought tolerant
- Made in the USA