This plant called black eyed Susan is a versatile, drought and heat tolerant specimen that can be included in any landscapes. This plant can grow all summer long providing a perky color and velvety foliage, and it require a little care from the gardener.

How to care for Black Eyed Susan

Like many wildflowers, growing this plant is simple and rewarding when blooms brighten the garden, the natural area or meadow. The black eyed Susan is a member of the daisy family, and it also go by other names like Gloriosa daisy or brown eyed Susan. This particular plant is a drought resistant, self-seeding and it grows in a variety of soils. This plant actually prefers a neutral soil pH and a full sun to light shade location.

The care of this plant includes deadheading the spent blooms of the flower. Actually deadheading really encourages more blooms and also a sturdier more compact plant. Deadheading can also stop or slow the spread of the black eyed Susan flower, as the seeds are contained in the blooms. 

You can allow the seeds to dry on the stem for reseeding or they can be collected and dried for replanting in other areas. This plant really attracts butterflies, bees and some other pollinators to the garden. Also rabbits, deer and some other wildlife may be drawn to the plant which they consume or use for shelter. If you want to plant them in the garden, you can plant them near rosemary, lavender or other repellent plants to keep wildlife at bay. Don’t forget to use some of the flowers indoors as cut flowers, where they can last a week or longer.

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