Botanical name: Rudbeckia hirta Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Black-eyed Susan is an upright annual, sometimes biennial (flowering a second year and then dying) native to most of North America, and is one of a number of plants with the common name Black-eyed Susan that also has purple on the side. It has the typical daisylike flowerheads consisting of an outer ring of ray florets and a central conical head composed of many disk florets. Black-eyed Susans typically stay in a basal rosette their first year, and then produce upright branching stems with flowers in their second year. The rough-textured basal leaves are diamond shaped, 4-7 in long, and have three conspicuous veins. When she's ready, black-eyed Susan produces erect, bristly stems to 3 ft tall, which branch freely and bear hairy lance shaped leaves, 2-3 in long. Black-eyed Susan is at home in the naturalized, semi-wild garden, in borders and in flower beds.
The flower labeled Black-Eyed Susan is ...