Black-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia hirta ( Composite family - Compositae)

 

Black-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia hirta ( Composite family - Compositae) Single big-stemmed blossom with numerous (10-20) long daisylike rays and chocolate-colored center disk. Coarse, rough-stemmed plant. 1 - 3 ft. Dry fields, roadsides, open woods, waste places. This biennial forms a rosette of leaves the first year, followed by flowers the second.

 

 

 

It is covered with hairs that give it a rough texture. Originally a native of the western United States, it was introduced into our range in samples of clover seed. Herbalists used the plant to treat skin infections, and recent research has shown that extracts from the plant have antibiotic properties.

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