Rudbeckia laciniata

Common Names: Cutleaf coneflower, goldenglow, green-headed coneflower, tall coneflower, sochan, thimbleweed
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Aster family

It is a robust herbaceous perennial growing up to 3 meters tall. It has broadly ovate and somewhat glaucous leaves that are often deeply dissected. The composite flowers are produced in late summer and autumn. The disc flowers are green to yellowish green, while the rays are pale yellow. It is widely cultivated in gardens and for cut flowers. Numerous cultivars have been developed.

Its natural habitat is wet sites in flood plains, along stream banks, and in moist forests.

Primary Flower Color: Yellow
Secondary Flower Color: Green
Edible Notes: Traditionally, the young leaves have been gathered from the wild and eaten in the early spring. They are greatly favored as a potherb (cooked). Though some references state the use of this plant as salad greens (raw), traditional use is as cooked greens. This is assumed to be done to remove toxins. However, there is little evidence of their presence. One report cites circumstantial evidence of poisoning to horses, sheep and pigs.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.