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Plants CXVIII. Vol. VI. No. 100.


The purple-coloured Rudbeckia.

(Rudbeckia purpurea. L.)

The purple-coloured Rudbeckia is a beautiful ornamental plant, which grows wild in North-America, on the mounts of Virginia, Carolina and Florida, being likewise cultivated in our gardens for ornament, on account of its singular appearance. It has been thus denominated in honour of the deserving Swedish botanist, Olaus Rudbeck.

This plant shoots a stalk of 3 in 4 feet in height, to which alternately stick the long-pointed and dented leaves. The large and beautiful purple flowers, that adhere to the top of the stalk, are formed like rays, hanging loose together with the leaves cloven on the extremity.