Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia Hirta genus)
Common Name: Coneflower
Genus: Rudbeckia Hirta
Other Names: Black Eyed Susan, Brown Eyed Susan, Brown Betty, Gloriosa Daisy, Golden Jerusalem, Poorland Daisy, Yellow Daisy and Yellow Ox-eye Daisy (Source: Wikipedia).
Rudbeckia Hirta is widely cultivated in parks and gardens for summer bedding schemes, borders, containers, wildflower gardens, prairie-style plantings and cut flowers.
It is quite surprising to know how people benefited from this flower. The Rudbeckia flower or the black eyed Susan is a traditional Native American medicinal herb in several tribal nations. Medicines for boosting immunity, fight colds, flu and infections were prepared from the extracts of this flower.
The Native Americans used it as a poultice for snake bikes and to make an infusion for treating colds and worms in children. However, all parts of Rudbeckia hirta are not edible. Please do refer Wikipedia for more in-depth information from where this information is also sourced.
Did you know that the state flower of Maryland is the black eyed Susan? It is since 1918. This flower is widely used there in ceremonies and celebrations.