Missouri Wildflower Guide


I lift my heart as spring lifts up
A yellow daisy to the rain;
My heart will be a lovely cup
Altho' it holds but pain.

For I shall learn from flower and leaf
That color every drop they hold,
To change the lifeless wine of grief
To living gold.

 

From "Alchemy" by Sara Teasdale

 

Black-Eyed Susan

The charming Black-Eyed Susan is a common sight along Missouri roadways and at the edges of fields. This lovely wildflower blooms heavily in a long stretch of fence row on my farm each year, occuring there naturally.

 

It is easily distinguished from Brown-Eyed Susan because the latter grows much taller, is highly branched, and its flowers are smaller.

 

Hardy and easily grown, Black-Eyed Susan is also a popular garden flower. It is excellent for cutting, making a lovely arrangement.

 

  • Bloom Time

    May-Oct

     

  • Habit

    Herbaceous

     

  • Height

    To 2½ feet

     

  • Longevity

    Perennial