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Brown-eyed Susans form masses of bright gold flowers above dark green foliage. It will flop without a midseason trim to keep it from getting too tall. It is ideal for naturalizing because it reseeds readily.

Latin Name

Rudbeckia triloba



Also Known As

Thin-leaved Coneflower Three-leaved Coneflower

Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

July - October


Fall Fall
Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 5'
Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Deer
  • Drought

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Birds Birds
    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range

    Central United States


    The plantsman John Bartram sold Brown-eyed Susans in his catalog in 1770.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator
    Sold at Mount Vernon Sold at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b

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