black-eyed Susan


black-eyed Su·​san ˈblak-ˌīd-ˈsü-zᵊn How to pronounce black-eyed Susan (audio)
: a North American coneflower (Rudbeckia hirta synonym R. serotina) having flower heads with deep yellow to orange rays and dark conical disks

Examples of black-eyed Susan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her flower preferences include geraniums and black-eyed Susan’s as well as other flowers that complement her red wicker porch chairs. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 23 Oct. 2022 One of the cheeriest annual climbers, black-eyed Susan vine produces many yellow, orange, white, or apricot blooms though the summer. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Oct. 2022 Beyond that, try one or two each of black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), bearded iris (Iris Germanica), butterfly-weed (Asclepias tuberosa), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), artemisia, and rosemary as a test. Carol Stocker,, 31 July 2022 While the Kentucky Derby has mint juleps, the Preakness goes for a black-eyed Susan. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 18 May 2022 In her own yard, Crowe combines ornamental grasses with native black-eyed Susan and nonnative sedum. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Pick colorful, feel-good plants such as summer coleus and petunia, fall aster and black-eyed Susan, winter’s fragrant golden Mexican orange and camellia sasanqua, and your favorite spring flowers. oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2021 Prairie areas across southern and western Minnesota have become colorful with blooming wildflowers such as oxeye, purple prairie clover, black-eyed Susan, and butterfly milkweed. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 It is related to our annual black-eyed Susan vine or clock vine with yellow or orange flowers. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, 22 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of black-eyed Susan was in 1884

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“Black-eyed Susan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

black-eyed Susan

black-eyed Su·​san
: a North American daisy with deep yellow or orange ray flowers and a dark center
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