Brown-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)

Brilliant yellow or orange flowers with a raised brown polka-dot center stand out in a perennial border. R. hirta varieties bloom from seed the first year and are grown as annuals; in the warmest areas, they're wintertime bloomers. Most other kinds are perennial and gradually form showy, spreading clumps as hardy as their wildflower ancesters, native to the East. All are good cut flowers as well. One to search out: R. fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm,' an especially flower-covered variety.

Requires full sun; moderate to regular water. Grows as an annual or perennial, depending on the variety (as noted), in all zones.
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