Friday, July 10, 2009

Black-eyed Susans

I stopped by a JFNew prairie planting in Hamilton County today. The Black-eyed Susans are a little past prime now. I can't imagine what this place would have looked like at peak bloom. Despite appearances, there is a bit of diversity in the planting.


Kassie Jahr said...

I love Black-eyed Susans. (Rudbeckia hirta?) How old is this prairie? Just wondering. :)

ben said...

Yup, good ol' R. hirta. I am pretty sure that this is a second year prairie. This seems pretty typical for some second year prairies. The Black-eyed Susans germinate well and spend the first season as basal rosettes, bloom en mass the second year, and then return to normal numbers.