Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Black-eyed Susans

The Black-eyed susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are abundant this year. The entry way garden has never looked so good. I would almost say it has curb appeal, except we have no curb! This walkway is about 350 feet from the road. The area between here and the road also has black-eyed susans in it. There are a whole host of insects that feed upon this plant. Often the plant starts to wilt because a stalk borer (Papaipema nebris) is feeding on it or it could be caused by a fungi (Verticillium dahliae). The only good thing about this wilting is the Japanese beetles don't get to eat the plant!


  1. It looks great! I might need a close-up, though. Can't say I could tell the difference between the black-eyed susans (good) and the rudbeckia maxima (bad?).

  2. Sorry for the confusion. Rudbeckia maxima in located in the back (rail road ties) flower bed. Rudbeckia hirta is in the front entry walk garden bed. If they were in the same photo, you would have no trouble picking out Rudbeckia maxima. It is huge.