One of Nature’s Mysteries To Solve

Hey there,

Here’s a little summer fun–what will this one be?

Mystery #125

By the way, this is our 125th nature’s mystery!

Check back with you later!


We had several correct guesses–maybe more if someone you didn’t comment! Yes, Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta, is a native to North America and grown widely as a yard plant.

Black-eyed Susan

It’s been a well known flower for a long time. The genus name honors Olanus Rudbeck, one of Linnaeus’ teachers. Ms. Flora loves that tidbit, but cautions you human readers if you learn it has medicinal uses against colds: some parts of the plant are poisonous! Don’t go eating anything you aren’t knowledgeable about. We want to see you back here again!

Shasta Daisys and Black-eyed Susans

Plant it in masses and let those butterflies feed on it instead!


4 thoughts on “One of Nature’s Mysteries To Solve

  1. Ooh, I was right, too. I adore this perennial. I mostly have purple coneflower in my garden now, but think I may add some yellow this fall. Congratulations on having posted 125 mysteries. That’s fabulous!

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