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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Black-eyed Susan

Afrikaans name: Swartoognooi

Black-eyed Susan flower

The Black-eyed Susan gets a simple, but attractive, flower

Photo © Steven Herbert

Thunbergia alata

The Black-eyed Susan is a well-known plant that is popular with gardeners. It has an attractive orange flower with a blackish centre.

It is a creeper that grows quickly and dies off after a season.

The leaves are somewhat heart shaped and are hairy.

Black-eyed Susan leaves

Photo © Steven Herbert

It is found along the eastern regions of South Africa from Port Elizabeth to eastern Limpopo.

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References and further reading

First Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Southern Africa - Author: John Manning - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 17

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