Orange coneflower (Rudbeckia hirta)

Aster family (Asteraceae) | Wildflowers and Herbs plant group | Also known as Black-eyed Susan, Oxeye Daisy, Gloriosa Daisy
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This familiar prairie flower blooms in the mid-spring through the fall. The flowers have a brown button-like disk which the yellow petal-like ray flowers surround.

Identification Hints

Orange coneflowers create a rosette of leaves in their first year of growth but generally do not produce a flowering stem until the second year. The flower blooms in the mid-spring through the fall and have a brown button-like disk surrounded by the yellow petal-like ray flowers.  After they bloom, the petals fall away and the small black fruits are produced.

Did You Know?

Note that Rudbeckia hirta and Rudbeckia fulgidia share the common name of "Black-eyed Susan" -- an excellent lesson in why it is important to know and use scientific names. 

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