Black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

Black-eyed Susan photograph; ? MN DNR, Welby Smith

Perennial growing 1-3' tall in meadows, roadsides and open woods. Orange-yellow ray flowers with brown center; pollinated by bees, wasps, butterflies and other insects. Stem and leaves are hairy and repel ants. Flowers July-August. Black-eyed Susan has been used to treat skin infections.