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Members of the aster family, Asteraceae, the “black eye” is named for the dark, brown-purple centers of its daisy-like flower heads. The plants can grow to over 3 feet tall, with leaves of 6 inches, stalks over 8 inches long, and flowers with a diameter of 2 to 3 inches.
Rudbeckia hirta, commonly called black-eyed Susan, is a North American flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Eastern and Central North America and naturalized in the Western part of the continent as well as in China. It has now been found in all 10 Canadian Provinces and all 48 of the states in the contiguous United States. In this capacity it is used in gardens and ceremonies to celebrate, memorialize and show affection for the state of Maryland and its people. The Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland, has been termed "The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans" because a blanket of Viking Poms, a variety of chrysanthemums resembling black-eyed Susans, is traditionally placed around the winning horse's neck (actual black-eyed Susans are not in bloom in May during the Preakness).
This fantastic climber will grow in a flash, and produce lashings of dark-eyed white flowers over a prolonged period in summer and autumn. It's perfect for smothering an unsightly fence during the summer, or it can be trained onto an obelisk or arch if you want to create some height. An evergreen perennial, it can be overwintered in a heated conservatory, but more often than not, it is grown as an annual and replaced each year.Scene & Décor: The sprawling building seats 320 in dining rooms and bars on the first and second levels and on an upper deck. The downstairs bar and main dining room sport a casual, modern rusticity with wood tables, rafters and floors. Those areas were lively on our visit (the Ravens' Thursday night game may have had something to do with that). We sat in a quieter side dining room with brick walls and a bright mural of Pimlico Race Course incorporating black-eyed Susans in the collage. (Source: www.baltimoresun.com)