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Scientific Name: Rudbeckia hirta

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  • Bienial
  • Rudbeckia hitra is one of a number of plants that bears flowers with a dark purplish brown center - hence the common name Black-eyed Susan.
  • Upright growing plant with alternate, mostly lance-shaped leaves covered by coarse hair and multiple flowering stems.
  • The flowers are daisy-like, single, semi-double and fully-double and come in shades of yellow or orange, with a dark center seed head, but there are also russet, bronze and mahogany tones.
  • Primarily grown as an annual in cold climates.
  • Adaptable to almost any type soil, pH 6-7.
  • Needs full sun and regular watering to achieve the best flowering performance.
  • Dead heading spent flowers will prolong the blooming period considerably.
  • Attract butterflies.

Parts Used

  • The roots (but not seed heads) of Rudbeckia hirta, can be used like the related Echinacea purpurea.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • The roots of rudbeckia hirta have been used in a warm infusion as a wash for sores and swellings, in a poultice for snake bites, and to make medicinal drinks for treating colds and worms in children.
  • Juice from the roots had been used as drops for earaches.
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