Black-eyed Susan
(Rudbeckia hirta)

Black-eyed Susan is probably the easiest plant to recognize in the Lakeside Nature Center gardens.  The name says it all.  It is very easy to grow and will even self-seed after it blooms to give another display in the fall. 

  • Pioneers made a yellow dye and drank a tea made from the leaves to cure colds.
  • The Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly and the Pearl Crescent Butterfly larvae feed on various rudbeckia species.
  • Black-eyed Susans are pioneer plants; they are one of the first plants to grow after a fire or other natural disaster.

Updated, December, 2016