I’ve wondered for over a year what the mystery plant’s flowers would tell me it is.
So finally I have the flowers to share with you.
This flowering plant appears to be a Black-eyed Susan. As I’ve never planted this plant before, I didn’t recognize it by the leaves.
Pollinators love Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta). It generally blooms from June to August.
The “black eye” of this plant refers to the dark brown center of the flower.
It is a member of the aster family and native to eastern North America. It’s become naturalized in Zones 3 to 9.
Some species have additional names, such as Gloriosa daisies. But they all belong to the Rudbeckia genus.
Info On This Plant:
Black-eyed Susan’s grow 1-3 feet tall or more. The leaves span 6 inches, the stalks are over 8 inches long, and flowers have a diameter of 2-3 inches.
Butterflies and bees are attracted to the flowers for the nectar. As they drink this nectar, they move pollen from one plant to another. This causes it to grow seeds that move about in the wind.
These plants are sun worshipers. So I’m not sure how well it’s going to do in the somewhat sunny/somewhat shady spot.
I understand that Black-eyed Susan’s are wonderful cut flowers. So I look forward to bringing the flowers inside to put in a jar or vase.
As it is, my current favorite cut flowers are zinnias, and mine are not yet blooming.
Every day I go out to see if there’s a little round bud in the center of the leaves that indicate my zinnias are about to bloom.
Where Black-Eyed Susan’s Do Well:
Black-eyed Susan’s do well in all landscapes. Borders, butterfly gardens, or containers.
My Black-eyed Susan plant is planted close to the two Monarda Bee Balm plants I ordered in the spring. They are near the sidewalk for everyone to see and enjoy.
Supposedly Black-eyed Susan’s don’t mind being neglected and are tough plants. We shall see.
A Perennial Black-Eyed Susan Plant:
Some varieties of Black-eyed Susan’s are perennial plants. However, the annual varieties can reappear every year if you don’t deadhead them.
Mine must be a perennial, as it died back to the ground in the wintertime. That was after the rabbits chomped on it steadily, and before it got cold outside.
Oh, I look forward to watching this little plant grow and spread it’s “wings!” I finally know what you are, little mystery plant.
And I’m so pleased to meet you.