Dec. 18, 2018

Black-eyed Susan vine

Here's the black-eyed version.  I just discovered an explanation for this common name, one that had eluded me.  Wiki says Black-eyed Susan is a character that appears in many traditional songs. In The Ballad of Black-eyed Susan by John Gay, she visits a ship in port to seek her missing lover.  In the ballad she finds him, only to have him sail away again to battle.

This plant is native to West Africa, and has sailed away to most tropical shores.