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Black-eyed Susans are biennial, which means they live for two years. In the first year, the plant grows a rosette, which is a group of leaves growing from the center, low to the ground. In the second year, the plant sends up flower stalks. At the end of the second year, the plant dies.
Butterflies, bees, flies, and other insects visit flowers for nectar. When they drink nectar, they accidentally move pollen from one plant to another. This allows the plant to grow fruits and seeds, which are lightweight and travel by wind.
Black-eyed Susans bloom from June to October.
Black-eyed Susans are a pioneer plant. That means they are one of the first plants to grow in a new field. For instance, if a fire burns down part of a forest, this plant will be one of the first to start growing.
Snails, slugs, and aphids eat the leaves of this plant. Rabbits and deer eat the entire plant.
Some species of fungi grow on the roots of Black-eyed Susan. The fungi pull nutrients from the roots and, at the same time, pass nutrients to the plant from the soil.