BLACK-EYED SUSAN Scientific Name:
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- Rudbeckia hitra is one of a number of plants that bears flowers with a dark purplish brown center – hence the common name Black-eyed Susan.
- Upright growing plant with alternate, mostly lance-shaped leaves covered by coarse hair and multiple flowering stems.
- The flowers are daisy-like, single, semi-double and fully-double and come in shades of yellow or orange, with a dark center seed head, but there are also russet, bronze and mahogany tones.
- Primarily grown as an annual in cold climates.
- Adaptable to almost any type soil, pH 6–7.
- Needs full sun and regular watering to achieve the best flowering performance.
- Dead heading spent flowers will prolong the blooming period considerably.
- Attract butterflies.
Medicinal Uses. It is said that:
- The roots (but not seed heads) of Rudbeckia hirta, can be used like the related Echinacea purpurea.
- The roots of rudbeckia hirta have been used in a warm infusion as a wash for sores and swellings, in a poultice for snake bites, and to make medicinal drinks for treating colds and worms in children.
- Juice from the roots had been used as drops for earaches.
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