Well, it certainly was a surprise to see Susan pop her head up in my thyme!
Although she is native to North America, I have never brought her home and gave her room to live with us. Her birth name is Rudbeckia hirta so, I can totally understand why she choose Susan as her common name.
Did you know that Susan is somewhat a medicinal gal? Her pretty happy face is not where her talents comes from. Her family roots have a long history of healing.
It is an astringent used as in a warm infusion as a wash for sores and swellings. The Ojibwa used it as a poultice for snake bites and to make an infusion for treating colds and worms in children. The plant is diuretic and was used by the Menominee and Potawatomi. Juice from the roots had been used as drops for earaches. Source
She is so loved that the state of Maryland claimed her as their state flower.
I have decided to give her a space of her own. Susan is one of those gals that have a tendency to just take over and doesn’t bat an eye evicting her surrounding neighbors. She is pushy that way.
Although she is demanding regarding her own space, she does have a lot of fun and pretty friends that like to visit. She attract butterflies and bees.
So, welcome to my home Susan!