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Tuesday - December 02, 2014

From: Houston, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Plant Identification, Herbs/Forbs, Wildflowers
Title: Are Brown-eyed susans and Black-eyed susans the same species?
Answered by: Guy Thompson

QUESTION:

Are Brown eyed Susans the same as the Black-eyed Susan? I've read that they are both common names for the same plant, but the flower looks slightly different in different regions. Thank you.

ANSWER:

Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed susan) is often called Brown-eyed susan.  Two common names for the same species.  And they do indeed look different in different locations.  See some examples of flower color and shape below.

 

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Black-eyed susan
Rudbeckia hirta

Black-eyed susan
Rudbeckia hirta

Black-eyed susan
Rudbeckia hirta

Black-eyed susan
Rudbeckia hirta

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