Species Detail

Rudbeckia hirta L.
Black-eyed susan; Bachelors button


Scientific Name:  
Rudbeckia hirta L.
Common Name:  
Black-eyed susan; Bachelors button
Myaamia Name:  
mahkateewiciiphki-?
Uses:  
Medicinal, Customs
Harvest Seasons:  
Undetermined
Habitats:  
Undetermined
Locations:  
Undetermined
Growth Forms:  
Undetermined

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Rudbeckia hirta L.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
No Reference Specified Use - Customs  roots are used to protect from bad spirits. "makkatewitchipkiki or makatewi tchipkiki"; the medicine was "rubbed on a gun-barrel; and then fired at any strange noise which they suspected to be made by spirits . . . As a charm or amulet particles of the root are carried in the pocket and keep off spirits; witches; etc."
No Reference Specified Use - Medicinal  used to treat coughs and sore throats
No Reference Specified Use - Customs  used to protect against bad spirits or witches. "carried in pocket as charm against spirit or witches"
No Reference Specified Description  "I have not seen this plant but imagine that it is Rudbeckia hirta; as the Indian said "the Whites call it Bachelors Button; because a button grows on the top; which is in the midst of a brown flower. The stalks are from two to three feet tall."
No Reference Specified Description  Gatschet describe the plant as "a weed 2 to 3 feet high with yellow berries or buttons"
No Reference Specified Description  Steyermark remarks that Rudbeckia hirta var. homochroma have yellow disk as well as ray flowers. The dense; compact cone of yellow disk flowers could be what Gatschet describes as a yellow "berry"
Botanical Sources  
Rudbeckia hirta L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   Occurs in many habitats; including open woods; roadsides and fields; throughout eastern and western Miami lands
Related Sources  
Rudbeckia hirta L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   Rudbeckia hirta is consider R. serotina in some sources