Bluebell creeper

Bluebell creeper

Billardiera heterophylla

Common Name:

Bluebell creeper

Scientific Name:

Billardiera heterophylla


Alternative common names:

Sollya

Description:

A perennial evergreen climber that twines around other trees and structures. It grows 2-3m high. It has dark green glossy hairless leaves. The flowers are bright blue with five spreading petals.

Additional Information


Where does this species come from?

Australia, North America

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

NEMBA Category 1a

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

Western Cape around Cape Town.

How does it spread?

Seed dispersal.

Why is it a problem?

This is not indigenous to the Western Cape and may compete against fynbos vegetation. It is also toxic and can cause skin irritations and nausea.

What does it look like?

Perennial climbers or scramblers or with twining branches growing 2-3m high.
Leaves: Elliptical to lance-shaped or linear.
Flowers: Greenish yellow to cream or purple or rarely blue with five spreading petals.
Fruit: Succulent or fleshy-fibrous oblong-shaped berry.

Does the plant have any uses?

Ornamental.

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