Rudbeckia hirta from DianeP, SC

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Hi, Dr. Hill,
This flower appeared near my seed-grown patch of wildflowers, a gift from a bird is my guess as it is not far from a bird feeder. It is growing in sandy soil, mostly full sun and I photographed the flowers on May 21. It’s about 2 feet tall. The photos should serve to describe its other qualities, like the fuzzy sepal, stem and leaves. Thanks in advance.

Hi Diane,

this is a black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta. Not a sunflower this time!  It could be native but is also grown in gardens.


Dr. Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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