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Scientific Name: Thunbergia alata
Alternative Names: Swartoognooi (Afr.), isiPhondo (Zulu)

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Thunbergia alata
Thunbergia alata
Thunbergia alata
Thunbergia alata


  • Perennial
  • Black-Eyed Susan is found from tropical Africa southwards through the eastern parts of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Swaziland to KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
  • Thunbergia alata is one of some 90 old world species of which there are 12 in South Africa.
  • Black-Eyed Susan is a fast-growing, long-flowering twining climber with attractive, bright-green, heart-shaped leaves.
  • Throughout the year, but particularly in summer and autumn, it produces masses of trumpet-shaped flowers with striking dark maroon or purplish black corollas.
  • These flowers attract tiny insects to the garden.
  • It can be used as a groundcover, to cover unsightly dead trees or walls, a fence, climb a trellis, to tumble over a terraced wall or out of a hanging basket.
  • Black-Eyed Susan makes a good screen when used to cover - but needs some support, as it cannot cling.
  • It is an exceptionally attractive plant for semi-shade or shady areas.
  • Prune back quite hard once a year.
  • It needs full sun or light shade and is not fussy about soil, needs only moderate water and does not go rampant.
  • In cold areas treat it can be treated as an annual.
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