Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia hirta

Family Name: Composite or Daisy (Compositae or Asteraceae)

Flower arrangement: The Black-eyed Susan flowers have numerous, (10-20), yellow rays that are about 1 or1 ½ inches long, and about ¼ inch wide. They have a large brown disk that is surrounded by the long yellow rays. The stem is covered with long bristly hairs. Generally there is one large blossom on one large stem. The larger stem can be a darker brown color.

Color: Yellow

Leaf arrangement: The leaves are alternate, fine-toothed, and sometimes divided. The leaves are hairy and lance-shaped, and without stalk, (sessile). The basal leaves are generally a little larger and very lanced shaped. The leaves are about 1 to 3 inches long.

Size, Location, and Season: They can grow to be about 1 to 3 feet tall. Generally they grow in waste places, along roadsides, in dry fields and woods. They grow in Minnesota, Quebec, (and farther west), and New England on south. It grows from June to October.

**Found at Brandeis University behind the Rosenstiel Biochemistry building in mid-September, but was seen growing throughout the beginning of November.
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