Black-Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta

Black-Eyed Susan- Click for Full Image

Family
Asteraceae

Description
0.3-0.9 meter (1-3ft) biennial with lance-shaped leaves that are bristly. Flowers are distinctively daisy-like with yellow rays around a dark brown center. Flowers present June through October.

Location
Found in fields, roadsides, and waste places. Ranges throughout North America.

Uses and Parts Used

Root
Root tea used for worms and colds. Root wash used for sores, snakebite, and swelling. Root juice used for earaches.

Notes
Black-Eyed Susan has been found to have immuno-stimulant activity similar to Echinacea. Dermatitis from contact is rare, but has been reported.

Black-Eyed Susan- Click for Full Image
Black-Eyed Susan- Click for Full Image