This biennial or short-lived perennial will remain in the garden through the years by self-seeding. It is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates heat, drought, and a wide range of soils except for poorly-drained wet ones. Rudbeckia hirta, commonly called black-eyed Susan, is a common native wildflower that typically occurs in open woods, prairies, fields, roadsides, and waste areas. ‘Autumn Colors’ was bred by Benary of Germany and DeKalb, Illinois and received an award from Fleuroselect for its large, 5 in. wide, profuse flowers. It is a compact plant with bicolor flowers in shades of yellow, orange, red, and brown with a brown cone.