Black-eyed Susan, Hairy (Rudbeckia hirta)
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(Black-eyed Susan, Hairy - 01)  We have added the name "Hairy" to this species of black-eyed Susan, to help distinguish it from the smoother, non-hairy species (Rudbeckia serotina); however, the literature does not make this distinction in the common name (Black-eyed Susan).  The literature says that the leaves of this species are ovate rather then linear-lanceolate, but the differences are not as pronounced as the description might imply.

 

(Black-eyed Susan, Hairy - 02)  The bright yellow ray flowers of the black-eyed Susan surround the dark brown disk flowers.

 

(Black-eyed Susan, Hairy - 02a)  Here is another look at this patch of black-eyed Susan.  Black-eyed Susan bloom from June to October.  They are originally a native of the Midwestern United States, but are now found throughout.

 

(Black-eyed Susan, Hairy - 03)  This is another patch of black-eyed Susan, which can grow to heights of three feet, particularly where they are competing with other plants for sunlight.

 

(Black-eyed Susan, Hairy - 04)  We have found that the diameter of the black-eyed Susan flower heads vary considerably in size, as this photo shows.

 

(Black-eyed Susan, Hairy - 04a)  This is a closer look at the large black-eyed Susan from the previous photo.

 

(Black-eyed Susan, Hairy - 05)  In this photo we can see how the leaves of the black-eyed Susan grow alternately along the stem.

 

(Black-eyed Susan, Hairy - 06)  In addition to observing this black-eyed Susan flower head, we can also see the hairy stems and hairy underside of a small leaf.

 

(Black-eyed Susan, Hairy - 06a)  In this photo we can see more of the hairy stems and leaves of the black-eyed Susan.

 

(Black-eyed Susan, Hairy - 07)  In this photo we have a close up look at the leaf hairs of the black-eyed Susan.

 

(Black-eyed Susan, Hairy - 08)  Ruth Sano sent us this and the next four photos of a mutated hairy black-eyed Susan.  Neither she nor we had ever seen anything like it before.

 

(Black-eyed Susan, Hairy - 08a)  Ruth Sano sent us this photo of a mutated hairy black-eyed Susan.  In this photo we have a closer look at the flower and the hairy stem and leaves.

 

(Black-eyed Susan, Hairy - 09)  Ruth Sano sent us this photo of a mutated hairy black-eyed Susan.

 

(Black-eyed Susan, Hairy - 10)  Ruth Sano sent us this photo of a mutated hairy black-eyed Susan.

 

(Black-eyed Susan, Hairy - 11)  Ruth Sano sent us this photo of a mutated hairy black-eyed Susan.

 

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