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In this capacity it is used in gardens and ceremonies to celebrate, memorialize and show affection for the state of Maryland and its people. The Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland, has been termed "The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans" because a blanket of Viking Poms, a variety of chrysanthemums resembling black-eyed Susans, is traditionally placed around the winning horse's neck (actual black-eyed Susans are not in bloom in May during the Preakness).Rudbeckia hirta, commonly called black-eyed Susan, is a North American flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Eastern and Central North America and naturalized in the Western part of the continent as well as in China. It has now been found in all 10 Canadian Provinces and all 48 of the states in the contiguous United States.
In 1912, the black-eyed Susan became the inspiration for the University of Southern Mississippi school colors (black and gold), suggested by Florence Burrow Pope, a member of the university's first graduating class. According to Pope: “On a trip home, I saw great masses of Black-Eyed Susans in the pine forests. I decided to encourage my senior class to gather Black-Eyed Susans to spell out the name of the class on sheets to be displayed during exercises on Class Day. I then suggested Maintenance: Black-eyed Susans are drought tolerant but respond well to an occasional watering. Additional irrigation in a dry year will improve the density of the stand and lengthen the flowering season. Do not mow until after the plants have formed mature seed cones, about three to four weeks after flowering. (Check by breaking a cone open and if the seeds are dark, they are mature.) The number of volunteer plants can be limited by removing the seed heads after the flowers are done.
Looking for a pretty plant that is practically indestructible? You want black-eyed Susans! There’s a reason almost every perennial garden and landscape has these cheerful yellow flowers tucked somewhere in the mix. They’re simply hard to beat when it comes to easy growing and big bloom power. What’s more, black-eyed Susans are a great addition to a pollinator garden. Birds (especially goldfinches), butterflies, and hummingbirds eat the seeds or sip nectar from the plants.Black-eyed Susans can grow in almost every type of garden soil except for consistently soggy soil, though of course better soil will lead to better plants. Make sure to get your plants off to their best start by preparing the in-ground planting area with Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for Flowers. Mix 3 inches of this nutrient-filled garden soil into the top 6 inches of existing soil, or create a 50:50 blend for individual planting holes. For maximum beautiful blooms, combine great soil with the power of just the right plant food—be sure to check out the "How to Feed Black-Eyed Susans" section below. (Source: www.miraclegro.com)