A very short post on this Friday. Below we have Rudbeckia, better known by many as black-eyed Susan.
Indeed this is probably one of the most recognizable flowers by people otherwise uninterested in plants. Its flower structure, like an aster, is a composition of disc and ray florettes.
There is a wide variety of species of this plant - some are perennial in this area, others do best as annuals. The most popular are Rudbeckia fulgida (fulgida means 'shiny'), and R. hirta ( which refers to the scratchy, rough leaves) .
Rudbeck was a Swedish botanist and the genus is applied to him.