June 21, 2020
Even folks who aren't interested in wildflowers can likely identify black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta). While this member of the sunflower family is native to eastern and central North America, it can be found in all 48 contiguous states and every Canadian Province!
If you like butterflies and other pollinators around your home, black-eyed Susans are a great attractant. They're also the host plant for a handful of caterpillars, such as the silvery checkerspot, the gorgone checkerspot and the bordered patch.
The black-eyed Susan is a pretty forgiving plant. They bloom from late spring/early summer until the first frost, they tolerate heat, drought, and full sun, and they generally aren't attractive to deer. If you have a brown thumb instead of a green one, the black-eyed Susan is the flower for you! #BenInNature
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Social distancing can be difficult, but it presents a great opportunity to become reacquainted with nature. While he is working from home, Administrator of Science Ben Williams is venturing outdoors each day to record a snapshot of the unique sights that can be found in the natural world.
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