Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow' - Prairie Glow Brown-Eyed Susan
Prairie Glow Brown-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow'
‘Prairie Glow’ has irresistible flowers of burnt orange with yellow tips and a chocolate center. They flower in late summer and fall for an extended period of time and will be eagerly sought after by native bees and butterflies. The seed in the spent flowers will attract all kinds of birds. This brown-eyed Susan is easy to grow in average, moist, well-drained soils in full sun, though it is fairly drought tolerant once established. Works well planted with ornamental grasses, asters and Joe-pye weed.
Attracts butterflies and many other beneficial insects
The seed from the spent flowers are a favorite of birds
Long flowering with bright blooms perfect for cutting
Easy to care for and fast-growing
Drought tolerant once established
Deer tend to leave this plant alone
Native from Connecticut to Michigan and Nebraska south to Texas and Florida. Found in open, moist meadows and open woods.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
While Rudbeckia attracts a wide range of native bees, one is a specialist. Andrena rudbeckiae, has evolved over the millennia to pollinate only Rudbeckia and Ratibida flowers. There are many such stories of plants and insects evolving together in nature.
Deadhead spent flowers to encourage additional bloom and prevent any unwanted self-seeding. But, try to leave some spent flower heads for the birds. This Brown-Eyed Susan is considered by some to be a short-lived perennial. Luckily, it has a tendency to self-seed and will generally remain in the garden and become naturalized.