The Plant Company

Bringing your garden to life


01403 740100

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The Plant Company
Coolham Road
West Chiltington
West Sussex
RH20 2LH

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Opening times:
Monday-Friday, 9:00-17:30


The Plants

Rudbeckia occidentalis 'Black Beauty'

black-eyed susan

Photo of Rudbeckia occidentalis 'Black Beauty'


A very unusual Rudbeckia with light green bracts which form a starry ruff around a large, cone-shaped flowerhead, in the deepest velvety black. As the tiny florets open up one by one, from the bottom up - a golden ‘wedding ring’ of pollen forms around it, creating an eye-catching contrast attracting pollinators.


  • Perennials

Foliage: Deciduous

Hardiness: Hardy

Vigour: Fast growing


  • Beds and borders
  • Flower arranging
  • Cottage style garden
  • Contemporary style garden

Special features

  • Attractive to wildlife
  • Low maintenance
  • Drought tolerant
  • Ground cover
  • Attractive to bees
  • Architectural

Care instructions

Grow in any moist, preferably heavy, but well-drained soil. Cut back to the ground in late autumn. Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring.


Size: Medium

Pot size: 2 litre

Eventual height: 60cm

Eventual spread: 30cm


  • Light shade
  • Sun


  • South
  • East
  • West

Soil types

  • Normal
  • Clay

Soil pH ranges

  • Acid
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline

Special conditions

  • Coastal