Fun Facts About Maryland’s State Flower: Black-Eyed Susan

If you are reading this blog, it is probably fair to say you have seen some of our other blogs. If not, definitely check them out. In previous blogs this month we have discussed different types of flowers, and how integral they are to landscaping. The differences between annuals and perennials, and how to combine the two. While these flowers certainly are special, there is one that is close to the heart of Maryland. As one of the oldest states and an original colony, Maryland has had a state flower for a long time, with this plant has been the state flower since 1918. Found in annual, biennial, and perennial varieties, the Black-Eyed Susan is the flower we will be discussing today. Keeping it light-hearted, we just wanted to toss out some fun facts about our beautiful state flower.

Native Flower Black-Eyed Susan

Origin of the Name

With a black center, the bright yellow petals that encircle it create the “black eye” from which the namesake comes from.

Number of Varieties

Funny enough, there are over 90 different varieties of Black-Eyed Susan, with the main variable being the number and color of petals.

When Does it Bloom?

Black-Eyed Susan bloom can be expected for about two months from June until August.

Height of Black-Eyed Susan

One of the taller state flowers, you might be surprised to find out that Black-Eyed Susan can actually grow anywhere from 1 to 2 meters in height.

Alternative Nickname

Just in case you ever hear someone refer to a “Gloriosa Daisy”, just know that this is another name for this state flower.

Native to North America

Although prevalent in Maryland, Black-Eyed Susan can actually be found as a wildflower all across North America.

Attracting Wildlife

Tying into our last fun fact, Black-Eyed Susan actually attracts some wildlife, namely the Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly.

Deer Resistant

Randomly enough, you should never have to worry about deer chewing up your Black-Eyed Susan, as they are resistant to the animal.

Easily Mistaken

Can you think of another flower with a dark center and yellow petals? No, this native flower is not a sunflower but is easily mistaken for one.

 

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