Swartoognooi (Afr.), Isiphondo
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A fast growing, long flowering creeper with orange, yellow, cream or white flowers with usually a black center. It is very versatile, can tolerate many types of soil and only uses a moderate amount of water. Can also handle light shade and needs warm conditions to thrive. Attracts insects and birds when flowering in summer. Used in traditional medicine. ZA Distribution: KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga.
Summer, Autumn, Spring
Allow seedheads to dry on plants, remove and collect seeds.
Sow seeds in shallow holes and cover. Germination takes 10-15 days but germination can be speeded up by soaking seeds in water overnight.
Take herbaceous stem cuttings or softwood stem cuttings in late spring or early summer.
Simple layering. Using U-bent wire, pin a low-growing stem to the ground, leaving the last 15-30cm of stem exposed. Cover pinned area with soil, bend the tip until vertical & cut bark at the bend.
Attracts useful insects
Butterflies, bees, flies and other insects visit flowers for nectar.
Black-eyed Susan can be planted in a container provided with a trellis to grow along.
It makes a pretty hedge that quickly creep up a fence or other support structure.
South Africa, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, and Mpumalanga.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Loam, Sand, Clay
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
An attractive quick growing garden creeper, ground cover and screen.
Cream, Yellow, White, Orange
Whiteflies, scale, spider mites on indoor plants. These plants are susceptible to powdery mildew fungi, so begin an organic antifungal program if the lower leaves turn brown and twisted. Also bothered by slugs, snails, aphids, powdery mildew, rust and leaf spots.
Felicia amelloides, Merwilla plumbea, blue Agapanthus, Dietes grandiflora, Carissa macrocarpa, Gardenia thunbergia, Duvernoia adhatodoides (pistol bush) and white Plumbago auriculata