Learn how to attract butterflies with Black-eyed Susan, or Rudbeckia hirta. Other pollinators will be drawn to this beautiful, summer-bloomer as well!


You are searching for beautiful, perennial plants to add to your garden that are also beneficial to pollinators.

These plants need to be low maintenance, attractive and provide on-going nectar year after year.

Well, stop right there because you have found the perfect plant. Introducing Black-eyed Susan, a butterfly magnet for your pollinator garden!

Black-Eyed Susan, a butterfly garden flower


In “Black-eyed Susan: Butterfly Favorite Flowers” – DIY Garden Minute Ep. 88 – learn how adding the Black-eyed Susan can attract butterflies as well as other pollinators year after year.

This episode is meant for any gardener who wants to build their own pollinator garden and learn how to care for the plants.

Also, because you want to attract more pollinators, we’ve created a pollinator garden shopping list that might be helpful for you!


Black-eyed Susan is fairly easy to find in most nurseries, but we’ve found a great online vendor for you (who we also use).

If you’re in a hurry and need to get your summer-blooming Black-eyed Susan seeds in the ground, Eden Brothers has fast shipping and a great selection.

These Black-eyed Susan seeds are the perfect choice for you! They are very low maintenance and attract all kinds of butterflies and bees!

Plus, when you get to the Eden Brothers checkout, because we are affiliates (which means we receive a small commission at no cost to you which helps us run our website and podcast), use our special coupon code “SPOKEN” for an extra 15% off your order!! 


What you’ll find below:


 Black-eyed Susan Care

Each year these colorful perennials add color and a continuous supply of beneficial food sources to your landscape.

Black-eyed Susans are usually grown from seed, but local nurseries often sell established plants that are already flowering.

They come available in their iconic yellow outer petals and black inner flower colors to create a beacon for attracting butterflies and other pollinators.

General Black-eyed Susan plant facts:

  • They are grown as a perennial but they are technically a biennial.
  • Grow from a crown with herbaceous stems that die back every year.
  • Flowers in the summer and into the fall.
  • Can grow anywhere from 12-36 inches high.
  • Prefers full sun.
  • Can be directly sown.
  • Low maintenance.
  • Can be divided
  • Grows in USDA Hardiness zones 3-9 and Sunset Zones 1-24.



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 Butterfly Gardening

A butterfly pollinator garden is a garden made up of plants that flower during different seasons which provide nectar and pollen to many different types of butterflies, as well as other insects, birds, and animals.

To create a butterfly garden, you need to entice them with specific colorful flowers. They also need access to water, a protected habitat for nesting, shelter from weather/predators, and find safety in non-pesticide-use garden areas.

Two types of plants that butterflies need are host plants and nectar plants. And, in general, butterflies are attracted to reds, yellows, oranges, pinks, purples, etc.

Examples of host plants would be milkweed or parsley (depending on the type of butterfly).

Examples of nectar plants for butterflies are:



Rudbeckia hirta Videos

Watch these two videos below to learn even more information about Black-Eyed Susans and butterflies.







Seeds and Books For Sale

Now it’s time to pick out your own Black-eyed Susan seeds to plant this spring.

Black-eyed Susan is so easy to grow! As we’ve stated above, bees and butterflies love these beautiful flowers because of their color and shape. You need to add some to your own garden!

These specific Black-eyed Susan seeds will bloom this summer and into the fall season providing tons of nectar for butterflies and other pollinators!


Butterfly Gardening Books

National Wildlife Federations: Attracting Birds, Butterflies, And Other Backyard Wildlife


Gardening For Butterflies



Black-Eyed Susan Seeds For Sale

Rudbeckia hirta


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Orange Fudge Black-Eyed Susans

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There are other seed packs for bees and other pollinators that come in a vibrant shade of purple but they also offer white bulbs or a mix of both colors which is what we are growing in our yard.

Or, if you need to shop for other garden plants for this summer, click the link below.   Click here for the most up to date deals on plants from Amazon!



Black-eyed Susan Conclusion

Black-eyed Susan is a great addition to any low maintenance, summer garden that will bring color year after year.

Loved by butterflies and other pollinators, Black-eyed Susan will continue to delight and inspire!

Now we want to hear from you!

What other types of plants do you plan to add to your landscape?

Let us know by leaving a quick comment below. Thanks!


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Learn how to attract butterflies with Black-eyed Susan. Other pollinators will be drawn to this beautiful, summer-bloomer as well!


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Butterfly Garden Flowers Featuring Black-Eyed Susans

Learn about how Rudbeckia hirta can be used to attract more butterflies to your garden.


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