I’ve had to do a lot of digging online to discover the variations between flower species. When you say that a flower is part of the sunflower family that’s like saying a trout is a fish. It’s too generalized. I’ve photographed a number of flowers at the Oregon zoo that are all Rudbeckia. Depending on the actual flower that may be a “Black Eyed Susan”, (Rudbeckia Hirta) or a Rudbeckia Hirta Irish Eyes (Rudbeckia Gloriosa) or a cone flower. I’m no botanist but I can certainly see a huge difference between the four yet there are similarities. Sunflower, Irish Eyes, Black Eyed Susans, cone flower, it gets kind of complicated.
The other thing that’s maddening is that should you google images of any of these names all three varieties will be shown in that same collection. Again, the look vastly different from each other yet are clumped together but with different names. If there are any botanists reading this please enlighten us about this mystery.
Rudbeckia Gloriosa Irish Eyes
Black Eyed Susans
Scientific Mumbo Jumbo