Thursday, October 24, 2013


 Yes, these are all Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) growing in our Wildflower Garden.  You may think of them as only being yellow with a dark center like the ones shown to the left.  However, over the years with cross-pollination and leaving some to reseed themselves, we now have a very diverse crop.  Petal color, size, and shape are all different.  Only the basal leaves are the same.  It is a wonderful display of nature at work.

Want to know the history behind this plant?
Click here: Who was Susan anyhow?

Want to know more about the mysteries of seeds?
Click here: Collecting Seeds

By the way, the Arboretum Gardens are gorgeous this time of year with the early fall colors.  Come out and see them!