Rudbeckia fulgida 'Early Bird Gold' (Black-eyed Susan)

Scientific Name

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Early Bird Gold'

Common Names

Black-eyed Susan

Scientific Classification

Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Rudbeckia


Color: Bright yellow
Bloom Time: June to October


Rudbeckia fulgida 'Early Bird Gold' is a compact plant that grows up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall on stiff, upright stems clad with oblong to lanceolate, dark green leaves. Daisy-like flowers are up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, with bright yellow rays and a dome-shaped, dark brown center. They appear atop strong, sometimes-branching stems from mid-June to October. This cultivar is reportedly a day-neutral plant (bloom occurs without regard to day length), hence its extended late spring (early bird) to fall bloom time.

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Early Bird Gold' - Black-eyed Susan
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USDA hardiness zone 3a to 9b: from −40 °F (−40 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Black Eyed Susan plants are drought resistant, self-seeding, and grow in a variety of soils. Growing Black Eyed Susans prefer a neutral soil pH and a full sun to light shade location.

Black Eyed Susan care will often include deadheading the spent blooms of the flower. Deadheading encourages more blooms and a sturdier, more compact plant. It also can stop or slow the spread of the Black Eyed Susan flower, as seeds are contained in the blooms. Seeds may be allowed to dry on the stem for reseeding or collected and dried in other ways for replanting in other areas. Seeds do not necessarily grow to the same height as the parent from which they were collected.

The Black Eyed Susan flower attracts butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to the garden. Deer, rabbits, and other wildlife may be drawn to Black Eyed Susans, which they consume or use for shelter. When planted in the garden, plant the Black Eyed Susan flower near Lavender, Rosemary, or other repellent plants to keep wildlife at bay. See more at How to Grow and Care for Black Eyed Susan.


It was discovered growing in a field of Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm' at Dupont Nursery in Louisiana.


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