Rudbeckia, Black-eyed Susan Scientific Name: Rudbeckia hirta
History/general species info: Black eyed susans are pioneer plants, one of the first plants to grow after a fire or other natural disaster. In the language of flowers, black eyed Susan's represent encouragement.
Characteristics: Annual/perennial native wildflower. A stiff, upright annual or short-lived perennial Probably the most common of all American wildflowers. This flower is easily distinguished by its almost black centers and bright yellow daisy-like petals.
Planting / Care: Grows well in sand and clay. Deer resistant. Be sure to give them plenty of space to grow as they will crowd out other flowers. They abundantly reseed themselves, which makes them perfect for gardeners who do not want to plant year after year.