Highlands Biological Station is open to visitors. Masks are still required in the Nature Center, but are no longer required on campus, including the Botanical Garden. Highlands Biological Station is offering academic and public programming this summer. For the safety of the HBS summer community, before being permitted to work or study at HBS prospective summer students, teaching faculty, and researchers must provide documentation of (1) having received a Covid-19 vaccine or (2) a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of planned arrival.

Rudbeckia triloba

Rudbeckia triloba

“Three leaved coneflower”

Asteraceae

Rudbeckia triloba is an herbaceous flowering biennial in the Daisy family. It’s common name, “Three leaved coneflower” is apt due to the rounded leaf projections often seen in 3’s. Being a biennial, R. triloba has a shorter life cycle than other Rudbeckia species, it also flowers in its second year of growth.

The flowers are more diminutive than other species in the genus as well, but are sweet and still attract a multitude of pollinators. Another positive attribute is the plants ability to withstand drought and poor-quality soils.