Dec. 30, 2017

black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

Can there be anyone who isn't familiar with black-eyed Susan? Ever popular wild or in gardens, this eastern North American species has been hugely successful cultivating humans as a reproduction strategy. That's now particularly fortunate as its bees and butterflies disappear. It evolved to attract insect pollinators, now it's attracted us, for better or worse. Black-eyed Sue now grows in every state except HI, across Canada except for LB, NT, NU, and YK, and in many places around the world. Lenawee Co MI, 6/15/12.