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Wild Edible Wednesday: Black-Eyed Susan

IMG_20160724_142001496Black-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.
This site is not meant to be a substitute for seeking the advice of a qualified physician or health professional, and the information given within is not meant to replace prescription medicines without the proper guidance. This information is given for educational purposes only. I make no claims as to the ability of herbs or other wild plants to cure you of every ailment known to man.I have been trained in the use of herbs and wild edibles: You should be trained at some level, too, or be following the advice of a qualified, certified professional caregiver. PLEASE seek guidance if you do not know how to use these herbs properly!! I will not be held responsible for the improper ingestion or other improper uses of herbs or wild edible plants. This information is posted here for educational purposes, and is not intended to diagnose nor prescribe. Information within this site is Void where prohibited by law

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