Authentic Wisconsin.  Black-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia hirta


Black-eyed Susan on banks of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 8, 2019.


Above: Black-eyed Susan on banks of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin (7/8/19).


Black-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia hirta

Black-eyed Susan is a native flower that grows 1'-3' tall. Black-eyed Susan prefers full to partial sun; moderate moisture to wet; prairies, meadows and roadsides.

The yellow flower heads are 2" to 3" wide and have 8-21 long rays circling a dark brown, domed disk that is 1/2"-3/4" wide.

Blooms June - October.

Black-eyed Susan on banks of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 25, 2019.


Above: Black-eyed Susan bracts surrounding the base of the flower are linear-oblong, widely spreading, and densely covered with long stiff hairs. Inner bracts are shorter than the outer bracts.



Black-eyed Susan leaf on banks of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 25, 2019.


Above: Back side of Black-eyed Susan leaf. The leaves are variable in shape and size (see line drawing). They can be from 2 to 7 inches long (longer then wide). The longer and wider leaves near the base of the plant with the upper becoming more linear. The edges are usually toothless (or with fine teeth) and the surfaces are covered in short stiff hairs (7/25/19).




Black-eyed Susan
by Scottish author, Elizabeth Gordon

Saucy little Black-eyed Susan,

When he mother caught he snoozin',

Rubbed her sleepy eyes and said

She guessed she'd toddle off to bed.




For more information on the Black-eyed Susan, visit Wikipedia.

Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about Black-eyed Susan.

Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin Master Gardener website page on Black-eyed Susan.


Black-eyed Susan on bank of retaining pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 28, 2019.
Black-eyed Susan on banks of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 25, 2019.
Black-eyed Susan on banks of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 25, 2019.
Black-eyed Susan on banks of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 24, 2019.
Black-eyed Susan on banks of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 24, 2019.
Black-eyed Susan on banks of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 25, 2019.
Black-eyed Susan on banks of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 31, 2020.
Black-eyed Susan on banks of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 31, 2020.
Black-eyed Susan on banks of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 29, 2020.
Black-eyed Susan on banks of Lake Wingra in Wingra Park in Madison, Wisconsin on July 26, 2020.
Black-eyed Susan on banks of Lake Wingra in Wingra Park in Madison, Wisconsin on July 26, 2020.
Black-eyed Susan on banks of Lake Wingra in Wingra Park in Madison, Wisconsin on July 22, 2020.
Black-eyed Susan on banks of Lake Wingra in Wingra Park in Madison, Wisconsin on July 15, 2020.
Black-eyed Susan on banks of Lake Wingra in Wingra Park in Madison, Wisconsin on July 28, 2020.
Black-eyed Susan on banks of Lake Wingra in Wingra Park in Madison, Wisconsin on July 28, 2020.

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Black-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta


Black-eyed Susan leaf on banks of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 25, 2019.


Above: Top side of Black-eyed Susan leaf with hairs. (7/25/19)


Black-eyed Susan on banks of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 14, 2020.


Above: Black-eyed Susan on bank of Marion Dunn Pond. (7/14/20)


Black-eyed Susan on banks of Marion Dunn Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on June 30, 2020.


Above: Black-eyed Susan on bank of Marion Dunn Pond. (7/30/20)


Black-eyed Susan on Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on June 30, 2020.

Black-eyed Susan on Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on June 30, 2020.

Black-eyed Susan on Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin on June 30, 2020.


Above: Black-eyed Susan? on Agawa Path. Really long petals and bracts curl vs. droop. Variety/subspecies? (Covina California Rudbeckia Hirta?) (8/19/18)


Black-eyed Susan specimen collected in Taylor County on September 23, 1978.


Above: Black-eyed Susan specimen collected in Taylor County on September 23, 1978.



Black-eyed Susan botanical illustration by Alice Lounsberry circa 1899.


Above: Black-eyed Susan botanical illustration by Alice Lounsberry circa 1899.


1828 Black-eyed Susan illustration.

Above: 1828 Black-eyed Susan illustration.


Black-eyed Susan illustration.

Above: Black-eyed Susan line drawing.



Columbine Flower Children by Elizabeth Gordon with illustration by  M. T. (Penny) Ross.

1918 Wild Columbine Wildflower Children by Elizabeth Gordon with illustration by Janet Laura Scott.

Black-eyed Susan.

Black-eyed Susan.

Black-eyed Susan.

Black-eyed Susan.


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