Black-Eyed Susans

Note by Phyllis Brown:  Black-Eyed Susans are a favorite of mine!  The name reminds me of my niece, Susan, who has beautiful dark-brown eyes!  And today is her birthday!  A special ‘Happy Birthday, Susan!’

We did not plant our Black-Eyed Susans – they were a gift from nature!  And have increased every year!

Black-Eyed Susans

These beautiful flowers have many different common names:  Brown-Eyed Susan, Brown Daisy, Yellow Daisy, Gloriosa Daisy and Golden Jerusalem, among others.

There is absolutely nothing common about them however!  Look at the intricate detail of the center!

Yellow petals and the brownish-purple of the center make a showy stand in any setting.

There are many butterflies that visit – although none last night when I was taking pictures!

It looks as if the center grows taller as the flower ages – perhaps each little part opens to distribute its seed or pollen (I’m not an expert on botany!) – and gives it a cone-like appearance.

The first year our Black-Eyed Susans appeared we had just a few.  They have been very proliferous and rounded the path to the door – and are at the front of the yard by the mailbox!  I applaud their persistence!


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