Black-eyed Susan typically stays in a basal rosette the
first year, and then produces upright branching stems with flowers
in the second year. This flower is appropriate in a
naturalized, semi-wild garden, in borders and in cultivated flower
beds. Remove spent flowers to prolong blooming.
Depending on the variety, either sow seeds or divide the root mass
during the dormant season.
Good cutting flowers. While the flowers are blooming, they
are likely to attract butterflies.
Black-eyed Susan was named for Olaf Rudbeck, who was a
Professor of Botany at Uppsala, Sweden and a teacher of Linnaeus.
Linnaeus (1707-1778) developed the system for naming, ranking and
classifying plants, animals and minerals. His work was the
basis of the system that is used today.