Brown-Eyed Susan

Brown-Eyed Susan is a bright yellow flowering perennial with a slender taproot and several hairy, unbranched stems. As Brown-Eyed Susan is quite beautiful and easily grown from seed it is commonly used in garden settings.

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Description
Latin Name Gaillardia aristata
Type Herb
Description Brown-Eyed Susan is a bright yellow flowering perennial with a slender taproot and several hairy, unbranched stems. As Brown-Eyed Susan is quite beautiful and easily grown from seed it is commonly used in garden settings.
Height and Spread 0.2 – 0.7 m tall. Up to 0.5 m spread.
Bloom Colour Bright yellow with an orangeish red centre.
Bloom Months May to late summer.
Foliage Colour A medium-dark green colour that are hairy.
Seed Months Late summer.
Light and Water Likes open areas – grasslands and open forests. Grows in dry to medium-dry areas.
Ethnobotany Information Brown-Eyed Susan was traditionally used in a wide variety of ways. The Okanagan peoples made a solution from the plant to alleviate kidney problems. The Secwepemc would use a similar type of solution as dandruff shampoo.
Wildlife Uses Brown-Eyed Susan provides a rich food source for wildlife species, ranging from its abundance of seeds in the late summer, to its taproot and flowers earlier in the year.
Garden Uses Brown-Eyed Susan is widely cultivated in garden settings. There are many garden varieties of Brown-Eyed Susan, but the species native to here is equally suitable and beautiful to seed into ones garden.
Facts This plant is also sometimes called ‘Blanket Flower’ which is said to either refer to its beautiful flowers which inspired designs on blankets, or its ability to ‘blanket’ a forest floor.
Propagation Techniques Brown-Eyed Susan is most easily propagated by seeds.