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What's in Bloom Today?

By: Sandra Nelson

The native Missouri wildflower commonly called Black-eyed Susan is in full bloom right now.



Known for their bursts of bright, yellow to yellow-orange blooms, black-eyed Susans, or Rudbeckia hirta, are  favorites of butterflies but avoided by deer and rabbits because of their hairy foliage. They are biennials or short-lived perennials and will easily self-seed in the garden. (Deadhead them to prevent unwanted spreading.) They need full sun and well drained soil to produce masses of flowers, but will tolerate drought conditions and clay soil.