11 Different Types of Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)

When you hear the name black-eyed susan, then a daisy-like flower with a black center and yellow rays may instantly pop into your mind. The truth, however, is that there are over 40 different types of black-eyed susans.

If you like the looks of this flower, then you may want to consider planting some of these varieties. With so many different choices available in this easy-to-care-for plant, making up your mind may take longer than you anticipate.

Indian Summer Rudbeckia

Indian-Summer-Rudbeckia

Growing from zones 3 to 7, this summer bloomer produces daisy-like flower produces enormous flower heads that can be up to 9-inches in diameter. The rays are usually bright yellow, but some rays may have an orange tint to them. This variety has a domed, chocolate brown center disk. The 3-to-7-inch leaves on this option are hairy and lance-shaped.

Prairie Sun Rudbeckia

Prairie-Sun-Rudbeckia

The prairie sun option blooms from summer to frost in zones 3 to 8. This plant that grows to be about 3-feet tall produces daily-like flowerheads that are about 5-inches in diameter. Unlike the chocolate brown center disc seen on common black-eyed susans, this one has a green to yellow-green center disc. The leaves on the prairie sun are bright green and grow upright.

Rudbeckia hirta moreno

Rudbeckia-hirta-moreno

This plant that struggles to reach 2-feet tall produces mahogany-red rays with yellow tips. The mahogany color becomes a little redder as the flower fades. Some plants have more extensive tips than others. The center disc is black or an intense purple. This option will grow from zones 5 to 9.

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Irish Eyes Rudbeckia

Irish-Eyes-Rudbeckia

This flower that can be grown from zone 5 to 9 produces from 14 to 20 rays that surround a light-green center disc up to 5-inches in diameter. The rays on this option have more of a cup shape than on most black-eyed susan pants. They also become darker from the outside of the ray to the center. This plant will grow to be about 24-inches tall.

Cherokee Sunset Rudbeckia

Cherokee-Sunset-Rudbeckia

Yellow, orange, red, bronze and mahogany rays that may be double or semi-double surround a dark-mahogany or a chocolate-brown disc on this option that may grow to be up to 36-inches tall. Yellow eyelash-looking hairs surround the center. This option tends to bloom longer than even some of the black-eyed susans with autumn-sounding names, so they often make a great option in fall gardens. You can expect the first bloom to appear about June.

Maya Rudbeckia

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This black eyed susan will reward you with bright yellow double flowers surrounding a green center that turns darker as the season progresses. The blooms on this option that does well in zone 5 to 9 can be up to 4.5-inches in diameter. This choice grows up to 24-inches tall, and it may be up to 24-inches wide.

Cherry Brandy Rudbeckia

Cherry-Brandy-Rudbeckia

You will love the crimson red rays tipped in cherry red on this option surrounding a chocolate brown center. Its yellow filament stands in beautiful contrast to the rest of this plant. The cherry brandy black-eyed susan does well from zones 4 to 7. It will grow to be about 24-inches tall and wide.

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Cappuccino Rudbeckia

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The warm festive rays that come in mahogany, oranges, and yellows surround a chocolate brown center disk on this single-blooming option. This plant that is hardy from zones 5 to 8 grows to be 24-inches tall. This upright choice produces some of the earliest blooms on black-eyed susans. Each ray has bright yellow tips. This plant may be a great way to welcome in summer.

Cut-leaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata)

Cut-leaf-Coneflower (Rudbeckia-laciniata)

Each cutleaf coneflower produces between two and 25 flower heads on a single stalk. The bottom of these nearly hairless stalks that can grow to be 10-feet tall are single, but they may branch nearer the top. Up to 12 droopy, widely spaced rays surround a flat green dome on this plant becomes balloon-shape when this option blooms.

Henry Eilers Rudbeckia

Henry-Eilers-Rudbeckia

The rolled, sunshine yellow rays on the Henry Eiler rudbeckia almost look like asterisk marks ending with the domed, brown center disc. The quill-looking rays are single and widely spaced. This option that blooms from early summer to early fall grows to be about 5-feet tall. This plant thrives in zones 4 to 8.

Little Goldstar Rudbeckia

Little-Goldstar-Rudbeckia

This plant often looks to be a mass of color because up to 80 flower heads can be found on a single plant. This plant is a shorter variety of black-eyed susan that only grows to be about 16-inches tall. Yellow rays surround the center disc on this choice that may be perfect for you if you live in zones 4 to 10.

With so many sun-loving black-eyed Susan options, you can landscape many areas of your home with this choice that requires very little care.

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