The state flower of Maryland has 2″-4″ daisy-like flowers with orange-yellow petals. This beautiful, heirloom rudbeckia blooms over a long period–at least 8 weeks; winter seed cones supply food for birds, too. Black-Eyed Susan is a short-lived perennial (USDA zones 3-7), that may come back for a second or third year, but is often treated as an annual. Plants grow up to 24″-36″ tall, 12″-24″ wide, and produce flowers that bloom from summer to frost. Prefers full sun exposure. Attracts pollinators and is deer resistant. Botanical Interests’® Black-Eyed Susan Seeds have been verified by The Non-GMO Project.
Outdoors: Sow 2-4 weeks before your average last frost date, and as late as 2 months before your average first fall frost date.
Indoors: Sow 8-10 weeks before your average last frost date. If started inside early enough, may bloom the first year.
What is an heirloom seed?
An heirloom variety is one that has been passed down from generation to generation. Generally, the variety must have been around for at least 50 years. They are open-pollinated, which means they have been exposed to natural pollination methods like insects or winds. They aren’t hybrids or genetically modified.