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Soil: Mesic(Medium) to Xeric(Dry)
Sun: Full, Partial
Flowers: The daisy-like flowers are 2″-3″ wide and are formed by yellow ray flowers surrounding a cone of brown ray flowers.
Leaves: The hairy, ovate leaves are 2″-7″ long and have 3 prominent veins.
This extremely showy wildflower is a short-lived perennial (also considered an annual and biennial), but will reseed itself and has a nice long season of bloom. It is a work horse of a plant for controlling erosion and is very useful in restoration projects! Given it’s long bloom time, it is a lovely garden plant as well. It makes a nice cut flower, attracts butterflies and is resistant to deer!
Medicinal Uses: Tea from dried leaves has been used as a kidney stimulant. Root tea was used to treat colds.
Other Uses: When planted in combination with grasses and legumes, Black-eyed Susans help control erosion. They also provide food and cover for several species of birds.
Name: The scientific name “hirta” means “hairy” or “rough.” Named for Olaf Rudbeck – botanist at the University in Upsala, Sweden.