Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


 Rudbeckia triloba - Brown-Eyed Susans 

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

 Rudbeckia triloba

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service web site to view the natural range of Brown- Eyed Susans
 Rudbeckia triloba - Native Plant of Ohio
Rudbeckia triloba - Thin - leaved - Coneflower
Thin Leaved Coneflower
Thin Leaved Coneflower - Photo by Roger Dahlin

Wildlife Significance

Host Plants – Rudbeckia family are host plants for dozens of butterfly's caterpillars including: pearl crescent, silvery checkerspot and wavy- lined emerald.

Nectar Plant –Plants in this family provide a wonderful nectar source for bees, butterflies, moths, skippers and numerous other insects.

Deer - Are not fond of this plant

If we strive to increase the insect population through the addition of native plants we will in turn create a “Mc Donald’s” effect for birds and their young. Our backyards, regardless of size, connected with our neighbors will begin to provide a landscape that is once again teeming with life.

For detailed information visit the Illinois Wildflower website

Propagation Notes

Seeds Collected - at Nodding Onion Gardens - Self- seed easily

Stratifying Seeds

- Seeds placed in Cold Moist Storage  

Supplies Needed For Seed Stratification -

1. Zip lock plastic bag

2. Few table spoons of Vermiculite

3. Dampen vermiculite - not soggy

4. Store in refrigerator for 30 days

Thin Leaved Coneflower
Thin Leaved Coneflower - Photo by Roger Dahlin

Cultivation Information

Height - 3 to 5 ft
Flower Color -
Blooms - 
August - October
Sun -
Full sun to part sun

Soil - Moist to Normal

Self seeds easily

Family - Rudbeckia

Our experience - This lovely lady adds a splash of delicate beauty into any wildflower garden. Oh, but don't be deceived by her seemingly gentle nature. One or two plants quickly feels like a family reunion. You will note we no loner raise this Rudbeckia for our markets
Brown-eyed Susans
Roger Dahlin - Baldwinsville, NY
brown eyed Susan seeds
Seeds are small and black - one is on the quarter

Seed Provenance - Rudbeckia triloba

Nodding Onion Gardens - 2012 to Present -Friends Property, Rocky River Ohio- 2011