Four Interesting Things About the Black-Eyed Susan

These bright flowers, the black-eyed Susan, (botanical name – Rudbeckia hirta) were just begging me to take their picture this afternoon, so I obliged.  And as I was writing this post I realized that I knew very little about them.  A quick search of Wikipedia produced some interesting information.

1.)  It was decided in 1918 that the black-eyed Susan would be Maryland’s state flower.

2.)  The black-eyed Susan symbolized “Justice”.

3.)  In traditional medicine, the roots of the black-eyed Susan are used an astringent wash to treat sores and swelling.  The Native Americans used the root as a poultice for snake bites, as an infusion for treating colds and worms in children, as a diuretic, and the juice of the roots has also been used for earaches.

4.)  There are several variations of a cocktail named the Black-Eyed Susan.  One variation is the official drink of the Preakness horserace.  Here is the Preakness’ official recipe.

What is your favorite flower?