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Black-Eyed Susan plant(Rudbeckia hirta) for backyard landscaping. Also called yellow daisies and brown Betty plants. These are great plants for the summer season as they will bloom all summer. They will normally come back year after year, yes they are considered a perennial.
Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are attracted to the yellow flower with the dark brown eye center thus its name. Producing long dark green stems perfect for putting the flower in a vase. They will last for about 10 days or so. They will grow in just anywhere in the continental U.S.
Will grow in zone 3-11.
Black-eyed Susans plants like good loamy moist soil. It is not a drought-tolerant plant and should not be planted in rock or Xeriscape gardens. You can plant them in the background and in front of other smaller plants, it’s important to have good soil that drains well. Water often during the summer months and fertilize occasionally in spring, summer, and fall.
The Black-eyed Susan Vine
(Thunbergia alata) This vine does well in the Southwest it like it’s close relative it has a nice yellow flower with a small dark brown spot on the middle. The flower is small but this plant will grow quickly and spread much like most vines. Can grow and spread up to 8ft. wide and It can get somewhat invasive so be careful where you plant it. Will bloom from about mid-summer until fall. It too likes good loamy moist soil that will drain well. The flowers come in yellow, white, cream orange and light red. Most folks will use this vine in hanging baskets or near fences and wall as it will hang over most walls.
Will grow in zones 8-9.
Problems with these plants
Powdery mildew, aphids, and snails will attack these plants. Spray neem oil to remove mildew and aphids. For snails use Sluggo product to kill these pests. Learn more about Insects and diseases on plants.
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