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Rudbeckia 'Viette's Little Suzy' - Black-eyed Susan
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Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa 'Viette's Little Suzy'

Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia 'Viette's Little Suzy' is an upright, free-blooming coneflower featuring daisy-like flowers with yellow rays and dark brownish-purple center disks. Prolific flower production over a long mid-summer-to-fall bloom period. The blooms are slightly smaller than those of full-sized Susans and the foliage turns purple in fall. In our test gardens, it is only slightly smaller than Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' but has a star-shaped flower bloom for added interest.

A North American native, Black-eyed Susan inhabits grasslands and prairies, so it grows best in sites with rich soil and full sun. This fine perennial looks best when massed in mixed borders with other sun-loving perennials and ornamental grasses. Attracts butterflies, bees, and other pollinators and the dry, black, button-like seedheads of this plant may be left uncut to provide winter interest and seed for birds.


Host plant for the following butterflies (nectar)-- American Snout, Great Spangled Fritillary, Hayhurst’s Scallopwing, Orange Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Sachem, Silvery Checkerspot, Silver-Spotted Skipper, Spring and Summer Azure, Variegated Fritillary

Black-eyed Susan Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates hot and humid summers and some drought.


18-30 Inches



18-24 Inches


Hardiness Zone:

3 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa 'Viette's Little Suzy'

Soil Moisture Preference
Attracts Wildlife
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Drought Tolerant
Focal Point
Mass Planting
Border or Bed
Cut Flower
Great Companion Plants for Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa 'Viette's Little Suzy'
Grass, Feather Reed Grass, Feather Reed (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster')
Grass, Prairie Dropseed Grass, Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis )
Coneflower Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus')
Daylily Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Purple de Oro')
Russian Sage Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Little Spire')
Russian Sage Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Steel')
Stonecrop Stonecrop (Sedum floriferum 'Weihenstephaner Gold')
Bee Balm Bee Balm (Monarda 'Fireball')
Blanket Flower Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Red Shades')
Speedwell Speedwell (Veronica 'Moody Blues™ Mauve')
Stonecrop Stonecrop (Sedum 'Mr. Goodbud')
Coneflower Coneflower (Echinacea 'Playful Meadow Mama')
Similar Plants to Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa 'Viette's Little Suzy'
Black-eyed Susan Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm')
Black-eyed Susan Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivanti 'Little Goldstar')