Vines & Scramblers
Black Eyed Susan
Colour variation of flowers is encountered with plants grown from seedlings, including yellow or white, often lacking the dark central blotch. Very fast and erratic twiner.
- Family Acanthaceae
- Origin Tropical Africa
- Habit A delicate herbaceous and persistent twining or scrambling vine that will readily re-root from fragments and nodes.
- Leaves Thin-textured, heart-shaped or triangular.
- Flowers Bright orange to yellow some times white with a distinct black centre on a single stalk. Base of flower enclosed in pair of green sepals. Summer-Autumn.
- Fruit The papery sepals remain to cover the beaked capsule containing few seeds.
- Roots Tap and fibrous, will actively seek and block water/septic pipes.
- Dispersal Vegetation and seed will spread by water, humans, contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc) and garden refuse dumping.
- Control Hand Dig, Foliar spray.
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