|Black-eyed Susan flowers|
Black-eyed Susan can be identified by it dark brown-black, cone-shaped central disc surrounded by 8-20 bright yellow rays (petals). The flower can be up to 3 inches across. The plant blooms from mid-Summer into fall.
|Black-eyed Susan - note the dark central disc surrounded by bright yellow rays|
Black-eyed Susan plants grow up to 2.5 feet tall. The plants have alternate leaves that can be up to 7 inches long. The leaves are concentrated on the lower part of the plant's stem. both the leaves and stems are covered with a dense covering of hair.
|Black-eyed Susan - not the alternate leaves and hairy, leafless upper stem|
Black-eyed Susan grows in a variety of upland habitats, in both sun and partial shade. It is a short-lived plant that does well in disturbed habitats. It is often used in prairie restorations, where it does well for several years before being crowded out by its competitors.
|Black-eyed Susan in a prairie restoration|