Black-eyed Susan

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Black-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta

The Black-Eyed Susan is a member of the Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) and is native to the Prairie. The large daisy-like flowers, 2-3 inches across, have distinctive bright yellow rays with a domed dark brown center.

The plant itself is 1-3 feet tall with a coarse, rough stem and long hairy leaves. The plant is a biennial, the first year it forms a rosette of leaves, and it blooms the second year.

The flowers grow in fields, prairies and open woodlands throughout the Eastern United States. The blooming season is from June to October.

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