Southwest Plant of the Month – Brown-eyed Susan – Rudbeckia hirta

Scientific name: Rudbeckia hirta
Order: Asterales
Kingdom: Plantae
Family: Asteraceae
Rank: Species

Plant form: Flower Plant Size:  2’x1’
Plant Type: Flower
Perennial Water Usage: Low
Sunlight: Sun/Part Sun
Colors: Yellow

Physical Description: Large 2-3″, yellow, sunflower-like blossoms with brown centers, in summer, on long stems rising from clumps of dark green leaves.

Care and Maintenance: Short lived. Coarse, rough textured foliage.

Gardener’s notes: Removal of spent flowers and extra water will keep foliage dense and flowers blooming. Native of northern New Mexico.

SOURCE: Southwest Plant of the Month material courtesy of NMSU ACES
http://desertblooms.nmsu.edu/plantadvisor/