Wildflower – Black-eyed Susan captured in a park in Sherman, Texas.
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Black-eyed Susans are flowering plants that grow over three feet tall. They have green leaves up to six inches long.
Black-eyed Susans grow in open woods, gardens, fields, and roadsides. They grow quickly in just about any kind of soil.
These plants are most easily recognized by their flowers. They have yellow flowers with a brownish-purple center. Flowers are two to three inches across and grow on a stalk up to eight inches long.
Black-eyed Susans are very competitive and can push other plants out of an area.
Black-eyed Susans are biennial, which means they live for two years. In the first year, the plant grows a rosette, which is a group of leaves growing from the center, low to the ground. In the second year, the plant sends up flower stalks. At the end of the second year, the plant dies.
Butterflies, bees, flies, and other insects visit flowers for nectar. When they drink nectar, they accidentally move pollen from one plant to another. This allows the plant to grow fruits and seeds, which are lightweight and travel by wind.
Black-eyed Susans bloom from June to October.