Photographer: Merel R. Black
Rudbeckia hirta L. var. pulcherrima Farw.
Rudbeckia: named after the Swedish father and son who were professors of botany and predecessors of Linnaeus, O.J. Rudbeck (1630-1702) and O.O. Rudbeck (1660-1740)
|Plant: ||erect, biennial/perennial, 1'-3' tall, very hairy forb|
|Flower: ||head 2"-3" wide; dark brown, domed disk 1/2"-3/4" wide; 8-21 yellow, 3/4"- 1 1/2" long rays, bracts (phyllaries) with coarse hairs; inflorescence with a long-stalked, solitary heads; blooms June-Oct.|
|Fruit:||dry seed with no fluffy pappus|
|Leaf:||either entire or with fine teeth, lower leaves lance-like up to 1" wide and 5 times as long, the upper becoming more linear|
|Habitat: ||full to partial sun; dry, moderate moisture to wet; prairies, meadows, roadsides; in sandy, loamy soil|