Black-Eyed Susan flowers (Rudbeckia hirta) are a beautiful dark yellow flower with brown cone shaped center. The grow in Eastern and Central Parts of North American. It is a traditional medicinal plant among a many Native American tribes believed to be a remedy for colds, flu, infection , swelling and snake bites. Much like it’s cousin , the purple cone flower.
Some parts of the plant are edible and have nutritional value, but not all parts of this plant are edible. The roots but not the seed heads can be used to fights colds and infection when boiled with water to make a decoction. This warm water root decoction can also be used as an astringent to was out sores. The ojibwa is used to make a poultice for snake bites. Juices from the roots have been used to treat ear infections.
- As with any wild plant, it is usually recommended to research carefully before consuming as not all parts of the plant may be edible and to avoid mis-identification with other plants that may look similar to the Black eyed Susan.
- Proper professionally recommended dosages and preparation procedures should always be followed.
- The species is also known to be toxic to cats when ingested.