Official State Flower of Maryland
Maryland designated black-eyed Susan as the official state floral emblem in 1918. All State Flowers
Black-eyed Susans are common in Maryland fields and roadsides, and the black and gold colors match the state bird, state insect, and even the state cat.
Black-eyed Susan Facts
The black-eyed Susan is a daisy-like wildflower with yellow petals and a dark brown center that grows in dry places. A member of the sunflower family and native to the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, .
Black-eyed Susan plants reach 2 to 3 feet in height, blooming between May and August. The flower heads measure 2 to 3 inches in diameter. The scientific name for the black-eyed Susan is Rudbeckia hirta; "hirta" is Latin for "rough hairy" (as the prominent center of the flower is).
The root of the black-eyed Susan is used in traditional and folk remedies to treat colds.