BLACK-EYED SUSAN

The Black-eyed Susan (Thunbergia alata) is a vine that occurs naturally from tropical East Africa to eastern South Africa. It grows on forest margins and is attractive to both bees and butterflies. I have a self-sown one growing next to our swimming pool.

These flowers have also featured on South African postage stamps, which are illustrated below:

I have only now noticed – 17 years later – that the Black-eyed Susan is referred to on the stamps as Black eyed Susy (a name I am not familiar with)! These stamps were first issued in 2000 and reissued in 2003 as part of the standard postage series, which continued for a long time afterwards. In the image you can see them featured alongside a giant girdle-tailed lizard (a 5c stamp issued in 2000) and a much older stamp in a series that featured wild animals of South Africa, this one being a blue wildebeest, issued in 1998.

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6 thoughts on “BLACK-EYED SUSAN

    • I consider myself fortunate to have the black-eyed-susans to have ‘moved in’ to my garden for they look very attractive for much of the year.

  1. We also have Black-eyed Susans growing wild. Such a cheerful presence. When I was a child, one of our adopted formerly-stray cats was an orange and black tortoiseshell, and we named her Susan after the orange and black flower.

    • They are a cheerful presence – lovely too that they flower during this in-between time of the year before the aloes emerge in their full glory.

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