Garden Notes

Black-eyed Susans

2005 August 21
by mike

This picture was taken at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park. While the colors are a bit off in the background, it shows how overwhelming the striking yellow of black-eyed susans can be when they are in full bloom.

The state flower of Maryland, black-eyed susans are of the genus Rudbeckia, named after Olaus Olai Rudbeck, a botanist and physician from Sweden in the early 1700s. The flower can be either an annual or perennial and often spreads itself naturally through its seeds, resulting in a late-summer wildflower show along country roads.

Black-eyed susans are available in many varieties, some with short flowers and others that reach five feet in height. The petals vary from bright yellow to orange to almost brown and the flower’s “black” eye can be large or small and actually be green.

Black-eyed susans are available in many varieties, some with short flowers and others that reach five feet in height. The petals vary from bright yellow to orange to almost brown and the flower’s “black” eye can be large or small and actually be green.

Black-eyed susans provide quite a show in the late summer and fall gardens, attracting butterflies and the occasional curious passerby. Their yellow bursts of color are a great addition to just about any landscape.

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