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Dark Eyes (JM-13325)

Dark Eyes (JM-13325)

This clump of Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) caught my attention while hiking in a southern Wisconsin prairie on a summer morning. One of the original native prairie plants, this member of the Aster family is now found along roads, in disturbed fields and in many flower gardens. The name "hirta" is Latin for hairy or rough, referring to the hairy leaves and stems.