Monday, August 10, 2009

Black-eyed Susan

Here are three kinds of black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) planted at Purdue Horticulture Garden. This is Rudbeckia hirta 'Cappucino'.

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This is Rudbeckia hirta 'Denver Daisy'.

This is Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherokee Sunset'.

These cultivars are a bit more showy than our native Rudbeckia hirta, which is usually seen with plain yellow ray flowers. Commercial cultivars like these are being spread all over the outdoors though, no doubt they will persist to replace the old kind in many places. "Wildflower garden" is an oxymoron. If you plant it, it's not a wild flower. If you wish to reestablish prairie land as a native ecosystem, take care that you use plants that belong there.

All pictures taken August 6, 2009.

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