I lift my heart as spring lifts up
A yellow daisy to the rain;
My heart will be a lovely cup
Altho' it holds but pain.
For I shall learn from flower and leaf
That color every drop they hold,
To change the lifeless wine of grief
To living gold.
From "Alchemy" by Sara Teasdale
The charming Black-Eyed Susan is a common sight along Missouri roadways and at the edges of fields. This lovely wildflower blooms heavily in a long stretch of fence row on my farm each year, occuring there naturally.
It is easily distinguished from Brown-Eyed Susan because the latter grows much taller, is highly branched, and its flowers are smaller.
Hardy and easily grown, Black-Eyed Susan is also a popular garden flower. It is excellent for cutting, making a lovely arrangement.