Black-eyed Susans, My Fat Fanny!

This is not a black-eyed susan. The petals are obviously going to be white.

So, what the fuck is this and how did it get in my garden? Was there a mix-up in the black-eyed susan seed packing plant?

Is there still hope for some black-eyed susans later in the summer?

Will this turn out to be cool, so I don’t have to dig it all up?

Edited to add: Mike Byrd on Twitter has convinced me that these are Shasta Daisies. He says it’s strange that they’re on the verge of blooming so early, but that’s what they are. And I believe him.  Here’s what’s weird, though. These are grown from seeds that came out of a Rudbeckia packet. They have popped up exactly where I planted the Rudbeckia and, as you know, if you follow this blog, I had been assuming they were Rudbeckia.

I planted both r. golsturm and r. hirta, so I have hope that I may still get some black-eyed susans in July, when they bloom.

But still, it’s weird. I wonder how often mix-ups like that happen.

9 thoughts on “Black-eyed Susans, My Fat Fanny!

  1. Aunt B – I think (and I may regret this) Mike B is wrong. The foliage does not look like Shasta whcih has a wider less fern like leaf. I have them in front and back yard and they have not sent up flower stalks yet. I think you have some sort of Daisy but it does not look like Shasta to me.

  2. Ha, well, that makes it even more perplexing. Maybe it will be more obvious once they bloom what they are, but the whole thing is very strange.

  3. I think they might be oxeye daisies, which is even stranger, because I bought my rudbeckia from Burpee and they don’t even sell oxeye daisies.

  4. I second the doubts about them being shasta daisies. We have shasta daisies in our front beds and the leaves don’t look like that.

  5. They might be ox-eye daisies. I’ve grown them and they bloom early. They’re also excellent re-seeders, so deadhead them faithfully if you don’t want them to multiply on you. I like them. They bloom on slender stems and are, I think, very graceful. But they’re not what you ordered.

  6. I am no good at identifying daisies, but I can testify that seed mix-ups happen time to time. My neighbor ordered carrots for her urban garden – I don’t know what type, but conventional-looking orange carrots that grow straight down. The carrots that grew instead were round, like radishes! They were funny to look at but disappointing.

  7. Daisies are weird. We bought a very hearty looking one in a pot. followed all the directions for it, and watched it grow progressively more sickly and then die over the course of the spring and summer. Since we were a little lazy about that part of the lawn we never dug it up or did much of anything about it. Now it is back and looks pretty much like your picture except no buds yet because it is still pretty cool up here.

    But it is odd because we watched that thing decompose last August…but apparently that didn’t include the roots.

  8. Super Genius,
    That’s not really that uncommon. If conditions change suddenly (such as being transplanted to an area significantly different than where it had been) alot of plants will lose their current foliage but have it grow back the next season.

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