Sunday, June 1, 2008

Black-Eyed Susans

This cheerful, widespread wildflower is common across Missouri and at ROFL. Bright-yellow, 2-3 in. wide, daisy-like flowers with dark centers are its claim-to-fame. They occur singly atop 1-2 ft. stems. The stems and scattered, oval leaves are covered with bristly hairs. Coarse, rough-stemmed plant with daisy-like flower heads made up of showy golden-yellow ray flowers, with disk flowers forming a brown central cone. There are actually several species in Missouri with minor differences.

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