Rudbeckias in Bloom in Shenandoah

If there’s one flower I will never be without, it’s the black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia species). Many of its varieties are in bloom now and keeping our pollinators happy.

Rudbeckias come in many shapes and lifespans and go by many common names. Most are drought-tolerant perennials here, and all seem to self-seed readily, so it’s a little hard to tell the perennials from the annuals. They are easy to pull if they grow where you don’t want them growing, and are very easy to start from seed. If you leave the seedheads up over winter, the finches will thank you, and your patch will expand year by year.

rudbeckias

rudbeckias

Here, clockwise from top, Orange Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’), Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima), Brown-Eyed Susan (Redbeckia triloba), and Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), all growing in my gardens.

*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**

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