Here’s a little summer fun–what will this one be?
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.
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!
Plant it in masses and let those butterflies feed on it instead!