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Scientific Name: Rudbeckia hirta

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Rudbeckia hirta
Rudbeckia hirta
Rudbeckia hirta


  • Perennial
  • Seed packets contain a selection of the following seeds:
  • Black-Eyed-Susan Rudbeckia hirta Rudbeckia hirta
  • Black-Eyed-Susan 'Denver Daisy' Rudbeckia hirta
  • Black-Eyed-Susan 'Irish Eyes'Rudbeckia hirta
  • Clump forming, hardy perennial with erect, stout, hairy stems and light green, lanceolate, perfoliate leaves (up to 20cm long), that clasp the stems - grows up to 1m.
  • Dense clusters of white flowers are born in large corymbs in summer.
  • Dies back in winter in cold areas and grows out again in spring.
  • Full sun or partial shade.

Parts Used

  • The roots (but not seed heads) of Rudbeckia hirta, can be used like the related Echinacea purpurea.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • 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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