Westmount Park – black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta)

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A “cheerful” patch of black-eyed Susans (the state flower of Maryland), also known as “Indian Summer”, planted by the City on the perimeter of Westmount Park adjacent to Melville Avenue.

From Wikipedia: (I do not recommend trying any of the following remedies)

“Traditional Native American medicinal uses:

The roots but not the seed heads of Rudbeckia hirta can be used much like the related Echinacea purpurea to boost immunity and fight colds, flu and infections.

It is also an astringent when used in a warm infusion as a wash for sores and swellings.

The Ojibwa people used it as a poultice for snake bites and to make an infusion for treating colds and worms in children. The plant is also diuretic and was used by the Menominee and Potawatomi peoples. Juice from the roots has been used as drops for earaches.”


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