A Black-eyed Susan lowers its head in my Pennsylvania garden

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All of the approximately 30 species of Rudbeckias are North American natives, making the Black-Eyed Susan a decidedly American (and Canadian) wildflower.

The Romance of the Black-Eyed Susan: Ever wonder about one of America’s favorite wildflowers? Who was Black-Eyed Susan? Her story is one of the grand romantic tales of the wildflowers. And beyond legend, her name graces several of our most important and popular wildflower species. (By the way, the flower’s eye, or center, is not really black; it’s dark brown, but that’s not important.)

Who was she? Well, no one’s sure, but the legend says it all comes from an Old English poem of the post-Elizabethan era entitled simply, “Black-Eyed Susan,” written by a very famous poet of the day named John Gay, 1685-1732

Rudbeckia hirta, commonly called black-eyed Susan, is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the Eastern and Central United States. It is one of a number of plants with the common name black-eyed Susan. Other common names for this plant include: brown-eyed Susan, brown Betty, gloriosa daisy, golden Jerusalem, Poorland daisy, yellow daisy, and yellow ox-eye daisy.

It is the state flower of Maryland.


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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 1 year ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 1 year ago

    Gorgeous capture

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  • lorilee
    lorilee12 months ago

    Congratulations!! Your image has placed in the TOP TEN
    of our “Summer Yellows” challenge!!

  • MotherNature
    MotherNature12 months ago

    Congratulations on earning a TOP 10 Place in the Summer Yellows challenge! Beautiful work:>) FAVE

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  • kalaryder
    kalaryder12 months ago


  • Thank you for the feature. Always appreciated.

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  • MotherNature
    MotherNature12 months ago

    Your image shows the true beauty of this commonly found but uncommonly lovely wildflower! Beautiful work – Congratulations on your feature in Wildflowers of the World – FAVE:>)

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Trupp7 months ago

    Very nice work

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  • Jeanette Muhr
    Jeanette Muhr7 months ago


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  • lorilee
    lorilee6 months ago

    Congratulations!! Your BEAUTIFUL image is being
    FEATURED in the group, “Wildflowers of North America!!”

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    Steve Randall6 months ago

    December Feature Challenge


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