Exposure: Full Sun-Partial Sun Soil: Medium Dry-Medium Wet Height: 2 feet Bloom: July-August
Description: A lovely burst of yellow in the sunny garden. A biennial, it will bloom for 1 year and then produce seeds which will lie in wait for a soil disturbance. Once the disturbance encourages seeds to grow, the first year this plant grows it will remain as a group of fuzzy leaves on the ground. The second year, that group of leaves will grow into a flowering plant in mid-late summer. Therefore, expect this plant to jump around your garden, appearing wherever soil disturbance occurs. Embrace the discovery and enjoy the surprise!
Attracts: The composite flowers appeal to a wide range of insects, particularly bees and flies, as well as some wasps, butterflies, and beetles. The bees collect pollen or suck nectar, and include Little Carpenter bees, Leaf-Cutting bees, Green Metallic and other Halictine bees, Andrenid bees, and others. Some Andrenid bees, such as Andrena rudbeckiae and Heterosarus rudbeckiae, prefer visiting the flowers of Black-Eyed Susan and closely related plants. Among the flies that visit the flowers, Syrphid flies, Bee flies, and Tachinid flies are well represented. The caterpillars of Chlosyne nycteis (Silvery Checkerspot) feed on the leaves. The seeds are eaten occasionally by goldfinches.
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