Interesting Facts About Black Eyed Susan


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What is a Black Eyed Susan

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A Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) is a type of perennial plant that has large, daisy-like flowers with yellow centers and dark brown or black petals. It blooms from Mid-summer to early fall. The Black-Eyed Susan is native to eastern North America and can be found growing in an area ranging from Texas to Florida up north to New England and as far west as Washington D.C.; although the flower’s habitat does tend to gravitate towards drier habitats such as fields and roadsides.

 Where do they grow

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Black Eyed Susans are found growing in dry, open fields and roadsides especially along the east coast of North America. They are most abundant during the summer months but can be found year-round in some places due to an extended bloom season or new plants that were deliberately planted. The plant prefers partial shade and is often found thriving after a fire as opposed to plants such as goldenrod which prefer darker areas or forests. 

How does it grow

An interesting fact about black eyed susan plants is that they spread outwards from their original source (the seed) rather than upwards like many other flowers; this makes them ideal for naturalizing and covering large areas quickly. The plant’s roots anchor into the soil and its stems grow straight up, sometimes reaching a height of six feet tall. The flower blooms from the top of the plant rather than rotting at the bottom as many other plants do.

When do they bloom

The black eyed susan flowers from Mid-summer to early fall and are most abundant during this time period. Some varieties of Black-Eyed Susans can be found year-round in some areas because of an extended bloom season or new plants that were deliberately planted. Why are they called Black Eye Susans? This particular form of Rudbeckia was given its name because it has dark brown petals around a yellow center, which resembles a human eye with a black pupil. Other common names you might not know about: It is also known as the Brown-Eyed Susan, Black-Eyed Susan Vine, Strawberries and Cream, or just plain “Susan”. 

The black eyed susan is a perennial plant. It has large daisy-like flowers with yellow centers and dark brown petals. The plant thrives after a forest fire because it likes partial shade. 

Conclusion

The black eyed Susan plant is a popular garden flower in the United States. It’s also known as Rudbeckia hirta or coneflower, and it can grow to be over three feet tall! The name “black-eyed” comes from its dark center that looks like an eye when viewed up close.  The flowers are used for many different purposes including bouquets, arrangements, wreaths, corsages, boutonnieres, etc. We hope you enjoyed our article on Interesting Facts About Black Eyed Susan!

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