Black-Eyed Susan

I’ve seriously wondered over the years if this perennial was ever named after someone.  After a little googling it looks as if the plant is named after a poem “Black-Eyed Susan” by John Gay.   It speaks of a young woman boarding a ship looking for her love, Sweet William.  How clever.

According to this American Meadows, colonists named the Rudbeckia fulgida sullivantii “Goldsturm” after the poem “Black-Eyed Susan”.

The center is really brown, not black but from afar, it definately looks black.

Enmasse the plantings say a great deal to the on-looker.  They brighten up any corner.

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