SHOWY BLACK-EYED SUSAN (Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa)
bloom Jul-Oct | height 2’ | full sun to part shade
If there is one plant that just gives it all every season, it is Rudbeckia fulgida variety speciosa. Shorter in size, it is a great fit for many smaller gardens, and the flower show it puts on is applause-worthy. The mature seed heads look great in the landscape with a backdrop of fall grasses or winter snow.
Many smaller native bees forage for pollen and nectar on the flowers from Rudbeckia, and the seeds are consumed by small birds.
Plants that grow well with showy black-eyed Susan: Bradbury’s monarda (Monarda bradburiana), Plains oval sedge (Carex brevior), Purple love grass (Eragrostis spectabilis)
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