Canon SX40 HS
Blackeyed Susans at the Sanitation District of Northern Ky. nature trail, Ft, Wright, Kentucky. USA

Description: This is a native biennial or short-lived perennial plant that is about 1-2½’ tall. It occasionally branches near the base, with each stem producing a single composite flower. The stems have long white hairs. The alternate leaves are greyish green and covered with small stiff hairs, providing them with a rough texture. The leaves are up to 7" long and 2" across, and lanceolate, oblanceolate, or ovate. Their margins are ciliate and rather smooth, with or without a few blunt teeth. The basal leaves have long hairy petioles, while the middle and upper leaves have short petioles or clasp the stem. The upper stems are long and devoid of leaves, each producing a single composite flower. This flower consists of many dark brown disk florets, forming a flattened cone, surrounded by 8-20 ray florets that are bright yellow (rarely with patches of maroon near the base). The style-tips of the disk florets are slender and pointed. Each composite flower is about 2-3" across, and has no noticeable scent. Black-Eyed Susan blooms primarily from early to mid-summer for about a month, although some plants will bloom during the late summer or fall. The achenes are black, oblong, finely nerved, and without tufts of hair. The root system consists of a central taproot and is without rhizomes – this plant reproduces entirely by seed.

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My name is Ron Russell. I have lived in Newport, Kentucky since 1986.
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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 2 years ago


  • Always nice to please my Lorilee.

    – Ron Russell

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 2 years ago

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

  • Thank you for the recognition, Lorilee

    – Ron Russell

  • MotherNature
    MotherNaturealmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful work, Ron. Congratulations on your feature in Wildflowers of North America

  • Thank you once again, Mother Nature.

    – Ron Russell

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