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Fiber Color Range
All parts of this plant can be used for color in shades of green-golds and olive greens. Keep the flowers and stems & leaves separate for your experiments, and give all a long soaking to extract the most color. Acidic or alkaline modifiers won’t shift colors; iron and copper modifiers will deepen shades.

 

Black-Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia hirta

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Grow Black-Eyed Susans in your garden, or find them roadside - they seems to be everywhere in Vermont. As perennials, they won’t flower until the second year but you can use the leaves and stems for a different set of colors in the meantime.

 Life Cycle  Perennial
 Zone  3
 Sunlight  Full to partial sun
 Height  18" - 24"
 Spacing  8" - 10" apart
 Soil

 Average, well-drained soil
 pH 6.5 - 7.5