Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are among Mississippi’s familiar faces and a favorite of gardeners and butterflies. Nature designed them perfectly for Mississippi summers, as they’re able to tolerate those dryer months.
When It Blooms: Early summer.
Where You’ll Find It: It’s found statewide, likely on dry roadsides, along woodland edges and in prairie, pastures and fields. They love sun!
Did You Know? The Black-Eyed Susan was the inspiration for the University of Southern Mississippi for selecting its school colors, black and gold.
- Popular Black-Eyed Susans Are an Easy Garden Choice: article by Mississippi State University Extension Service