Rudbeckia is a genus of about 25 species of flowering plants, usually perennials, but also annuals and biennials in the family Asteraceae, native to woodlands and meadows of North America.
Rudbeckias are characterised by their colorful daisy-shaped flowers with central cones. They are always a great choice for the late summer border!
The genus name was given in honor of botanist professor from Sweden – Olof Rudbeck the Younger (1660-1702).
Rudbeckia is a symbol of encouragement and motivation.
Interesting facts about Rudbeckia:
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Rudbeckia hirta, commonly known as Black-eyed Susan or Gloriosa Daisy is a perennial or biennial plant grown for its bright yellow daisy-like flowers. The plant is native to North America and is found growing wild. It prefers full sun and can handle a wide range of soil types.
This popular wildflower is the official state flower of Maryland since 1918.
It’s worth to mention that “Black-eyed Susan” is also the common name given to other species of this genus, such as Rudbeckia fulgida.
Benefits and Uses
Throughout history, this plant has been used in medicine to treat earaches, dropsy, cuts and scrapes.
Rudbeckias are mostly yellow, but also can be red and orange, with central cones that can be green, black and brown.
This plant grows between 30 and 120 cm (1 to 4 ft) in height.
Rudbeckia likes moist and well drained soil that is neutral, alkaline or acidic.