Mar. 2, 2017

showy coneflower, Rudbeckia fulgida

Black-eyed Susan is certainly a well known plant. Oh, wait. This isn't a black-eyed Susan. Its leaves are too big. It isn't hairy enough. Showy coneflowers were a threatened species in Michigan's original list. As they garnered more attention, we began to realize how many black-eyed Susans weren't. It has now been taken off the list. If so many showy coneflowers were called black-eyed Susans, were they then really black-eyed Susans? Wildflower philosophy? These grow in damp open, often calcareous areas in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN(R), KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ(E), NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN TX, VA, WI, WV, ON, and QC. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 8/4/10