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Rudbeckia laciniata

cutleaf coneflower rudbeckia laciniata

Scientific name: Rudbeckia laciniata

Common names: Cutleaf coneflower, green-headed coneflower

Family: Asteraceae

Nativity: Most of North America

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Rudbeckia laciniata

Green-headed Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata)

Scientific name: Rudbeckia laciniata Linnaeus

Common names: Cutleaf Coneflower, Green-headed Coneflower, Sochan

Family: Asteraceae

Nativity: North America

Location: Oakleaf Woods, Charlotte, NC, USA

Date: August 25, 2015

Notes: Good plant for dry shade where it will seed around easily by itself to fill in gaps between shrubs, but it is very adaptable to varying levels of sun and moisture.

Host plant for silvery checkerspot butterfly caterpillars. Goldfinches enjoy the seeds in Fall.

Called sochan by the Cherokee and eaten as greens to maintain health.

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  1. Beautiful picture! And, as always, I learned something that I didn’t know. Wonder how they’d taste with Pokeweed (never tried that one either – but, who knows)?

    1. I read somewhere that it is often cooked with pokeweed. That may be why, even though it’s reportedly safe to eat sochan raw, some sources say to boil it, throw the water away, and boil again before eating. You do have to do that to eat poke leaves, so I guess if you’re cooking them together … That’s my theory anyway. :)

    1. Janet, I went on an outing with Tim Spira and George Ellison at Cullowhee one year and learned about the Cherokee name and uses then. You need to come to Cullowhee! :)

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