The black-eyed Susan is a type of rudbeckia. It's a perennial plant named for the black centres of its flowers. Black-eyed Susans are relatively easy to care for, but require some special attention during fall and winter.
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Cut back the stems of black-eyed Susans in the fall, after the first frost, to about 2 inches above the ground. If you leave this amount of foliage, it will help the plant trap snow for insulation.
Generally, black-eyed Susans should be mulched in spring, but if it's fall and your black-eyed Susans were recently planted, or if the mulch has washed away, apply a couple of inches of fresh mulch to help protect the plant through the colder months.
If you like, you can refrain from cutting back your black-eyed Susans in the fall, because the seed heads that remain after the petals drop can provide food for birds. Be sure, however, to cut back the stems and foliage in the fall if your black-eyed Susans were effected by disease during the growing season. Destroy--don't compost--the diseased leaves and stems.
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