Black-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta

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"Rudbeckia hirta," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Rudbeckia hirta, commonly called black-eyed-susan, is a North American species of flowering plants in the sunflower family, native to the Eastern and Central North America and naturalized in the Western part of the continent as well as in China.Rudbeckia hirta is an upright annual (sometimes biennial or perennial) growing 30100 cm (1239 in) tall by 3045 cm (1218 in) wide. It has alternate, mostly basal leaves 1018 cm long, covered by coarse hair, with stout branching stems and daisy-like, composite flower heads appearing in late summer and early autumn. In the species, the flowers are up to 10 cm (4 in) in diameter, with yellow ray florets circling conspicuous brown or black, dome-shaped cone of many small disc florets. However, extensive breeding has produced a range of sizes and colors, including oranges, reds and browns.
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