Black-eyed Susan

This has been a wonderful summer for plants and the Black-eyed Susans are no exception.  The perennial mounds are covered with abundant flowers so thick it is hard to see the green plant below.  The name black-eyed Susan came from the lovely dark brown gum drop shaped center in the middle of the brilliant golden rays of petals.  It’s a funny name for a flower and it makes me wonder if there was a story in the naming of it.

It reminds me of a funny little family story.  I’ve always loved wildflowers and I often try to identify the ones I see.  My husband is much more interested in other things but has always been very tolerant as I stop to see what is growing along the road or wooded path.  Once, I pointed out the delicate Queen Ann’s Lace to him, showing him the little purple “queen” in the center of all her lace.  He looked a little incredulous, thinking that I had made all that up.  He turned to a yellow flower growing nearby and quipped, “and I suppose that’s King Henry’s yellow pockets!”  It wasn’t actually but it got me to thinking:  I wonder how these lovely blooms got the common names they have.  I found some information on Queen Ann’s Lace but none on the Black-eyed Susan.  If you know, I’d love it if you’d share it with me.


3 Responses to “Black-eyed Susan”

  1. 1 sue September 3, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Love your outdoor pics. You have such a good eye. I’m sure Black eyed Susan’s were named after me. Even tho I have very blue eyes, they opted to call them black because of the intensity and mystery in my gaze. Sounds plausible to me.

  2. 2 Lynne September 6, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I love your story. Should be part of Wikipedia, don’t you think?

  3. 3 バニラ 原料 August 26, 2016 at 2:50 am



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