Pioneer Flowers

Since our designers often use Black-Eyed Susan in their designs, we have decided to make these cheerful flowers Creative Landscaping's plant of the month. And they're are still blooming, even in September!

How did this flower get it's name? The best explanation we can find is that it was named after a woman in a poem, written by John Gay, titled Black-Eyed Susan. The poem is about how a man named William sailed away from his love, named Susan. Strangely enough, the poem has two flower names in it.

"When Black-Eyed Susan came aboard

And eyed the burly men.

'Tell me, ye sailors, tell me true

Does my Sweet William sail with you?'"

Sweet William are beautiful pink, purple and white flowers that bloom at the exact same time as Black-Eyed Susans.

Latin name: Rudbeckia

Additional fun facts: Did you know that the Black-Eyed Susan is the state flower of Maryland? It is also the first flower to bloom again after a fire or natural disaster, giving it the title the pioneer flower. There are over ninety varities of Black-Eyed Susans. And last, but not least, one of America's most prized antiques is a Tiffany Lamp featuring Black-Eyed Susans.

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