art.ht1sm.jpg (10259 bytes)Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia serotina)

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Wild Flowers of Sleepy Hollow Lake
- Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia serotina) -
Also called - Yellow Coneflower and Yellow Daisy -
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wfshl-blackeyedsusan1.jpg (47172 bytes)(Black-eyed Susan - 1) The Black-eyed Susan is the state flower of Maryland and is found throughout the United States.  There are about 90 varieties.  The Black-eyed Susan is the best known of the Coneflowers, so named because their centers are cone shaped and the petals bend downward from the center which accentuates the cone.


wfshl-blackeyedsusan2.jpg (39453 bytes)(Black-eyed Susan - 2) The various varieties of Black-eyed Susan can have from 10 to 20 petals radiating out from the base of its dark brown central disk (black eye).  The flower of the Black-eyed Susan develops on the end of the stem.  They bloom from June to October.  The literature indicates that extracts from the Black-eyed Susan have antibiotic properties, and the flowers have been used by herbalists to treat skin infections.


wfshl-blackeyedsusan3.jpg (34382 bytes)(Black-eyed Susan - 3) This photo shows the opening of the bud of the Black-eyed Susan.   Note that the petals are very narrow as the flower begins to open.  It can take a couple of days for the petals to swell to their full width.  The Black-eyed Susan is a member of the Composite family.


wfshl-blackeyedsusan4.jpg (40881 bytes)(Black-eyed Susan - 4) This enlarged photo gives us an excellent view of the structure of the central cone or black eye of the Black-eyed Susan, and hopefully gives a greater insight into the magnificence of God's creation, down to the minutest detail.  May we cherish these gifts and strive to preserve them.


(Black-eyed Susan - 05)  This is another black-eyed Susan that we spotted just off the side of the road.  The black-eyed Susan was originally a native of the western United States, but it was introduced to the eastern United States in samples of clover seed.





(Black-eyed Susan - 05a)  When viewed from the top, the disk flowers of this black-eyed Susan appear to be flat as a button, but the shadow cast below the disk indicates otherwise.





(Black-eyed Susan - 06)  When viewed from the side, the disk flowers can be seen to form a cone.





(Black-eyed Susan - 06a)  This is a bee's eye view of a portion of the disk flowers of a black-eyed Susan.






(Black-eyed Susan - 07)  This black-eyed Susan has a visitor.






(Black-eyed Susan - 07a)  When we mention a bee's eye view, this is what we're referring to.







(Black-eyed Susan - 07b)  This is another view of the cone-shaped disk of the black-eyed Susan.






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