Native Flowers

Asked August 1, 2017, 10:44 AM EDT

Can you recommend some nice native flowers that might be more resistant to blights, such as botrytis or rudbeckia? I have black-eyed Susan's in my yard that I love, but, unfortunately, they are infected with rudbeckia. Thanks, Elisabeth

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Rudbeckia (common name Black-eyed Susan) can be susceptible to powdery mildew, especially at this time of the year, or can get Septoria leaf spot. Following is a list of native plants (botanical name first, followed by the common name in parentheses) for a sunny area, which I am assuming you have, since you have Rudbeckia (black-eyed Susans) growing there:
Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed)
Monarda (bergamot)
Liatris (prairie blazing star)
Echinacea (purple coneflower)
Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's root)
Agastache (anise hyssop)
These are all excellent native pollinator plants to add to a garden to attract butterflies and bees too!