Black-Eyed Susans in Bloom

Today’s burst of rain and wind did nothing to dampen the spirits of the black-eyed susans at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. These cheery, above-the-knee perennials have been quite successful in the establishment phase of the new ecosystem. Full sun, two years of a nice, long, wet spring and some well-drained soil makes a good recipe for to grow these in any garden.

“Transitions” are what to watch for next at the boardwalk. While tickseed (Coreopsis palmate) was the dominant yellow daisy a few weeks ago, they’re now generating new seeds for next year. Though black-eyed susans are bountiful now, other flowers showing are blazing star, milkweed, wild quinine, fleabane, purple cone flower, blue jacket, thimbleweed and harebell. As the season progresses, you’ll see additional colors, new shapes and the real development of a living tapestry of prairie plant species.

If you wish to know more, join us for Intro to Native and Prairie Plants of the Midwest this Saturday, July 16, at 9 a.m. More information can be found at the link.

Happy Gardening!

Brian Houck


Nice picture and good info about the black-eyed susans. Where along the Nature Boardwalk can people find these?

Brian says, "You won’t have any trouble spotting black-eyed susans. They are now the most visible flower throughout the entire site. In the attached picture the black-eyed susans are alongside the Peoples Gas Education Pavilion."

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