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Photo of black mustard flower cluster

Black Mustard (Flowers)

The flowers of black mustard are very small, yellow, and about 3/8 inch wide, with the 4 petals arranged like a cross. It blooms April–November. The fruits are long seedpods (technically, siliques) that form lower on the stalk as new flowers develop higher up.

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Black Mustard (Leaves)

The leaves of black mustard have long petioles and are highly variable, often irregularly lobed to the midrib, generally ovate, some with teeth.

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Photo of black-eyed Susan flowerhead.

Black-Eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan is popular as a native garden ornamental and is often sold as a cut flower. Historically, Native Americans used this and other Rudbeckia species medicinally.

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Black-Eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan is a tremendously popular native wildflower for gardening. It’s also commonly planted along roadways, so when it’s blooming, May through October, you’re sure to see it somewhere.

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Black-Eyed Susan

Its profusion of cheery, bright yellow flowers make black-eyed Susan one of our most beloved wildflowers. It is one of nine species of Rudbeckia recorded in Missouri, and it is the most familiar.

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Black-Eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan commonly grows in pastures, old fields, railroads, roadsides, and open, disturbed areas. This is the most abundant rudbeckia in Missouri and the one that prospers best in disturbed habitats.

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Black-Eyed Susan

In the 1970s, researchers explored the different patterns of reflected ultraviolet light in the corollas of this and other rudbeckias. Although UV light is invisible to humans, bees and some other insects can see it, and the special patterns in the flowers serve especially to attract them.

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Black-Eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan flowerheads are solitary or in loose, open clusters, terminal on the stalk, and grow to 4 inches across. The 8–21 ray flowers are rich yellow or orangish and slender. The central disk is deep brown to purple-brown and hemispherical, becoming egg-shaped with maturity.

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Photo of several black-eyed Susan flowers.

Black-Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia hirta
Black-eyed Susan is a tremendously popular native wildflower for gardening. It’s also commonly planted along roadways, so when it’s blooming, May through October, you’re sure to see it somewhere.

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Bloodroot

Sanguinaria canadensis
Bloodroot’s pure white petals are even more remarkable given the plant’s bright red sap. This feature, plus the unique leaf shape, make this early spring wildflower easy to identify.

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