We had a nice crop of Black-eyed Susan flowers this year in our wildflower garden. This one must have just opened because the brown center is still tightly closed. This center part actually consists of hundreds of tiny flowers. They open over time, starting with the blossoms on the outside edge. This flower produces lots of nectar and pollen so it is popular with the insects. Black-eyed Susan is a native of the western United States. It likes open spaces and lots of sun. When settlers cleared the forests in the East, the Black-eyed Susan moved in.