Sudbury-Assabet-Concord River Watershed

Invasives

Black Swallowwort (Cynanchum louiseae syn: Cynanchum nigrum)

Black or Louis’ swallow-wort (previously Vincetoxicum nigrum and Cynanchum nigrum) is a perennial, twining herbaceous vine. The leaves are oval shaped with pointed tips, 3-4 in. long by 2-3 in. wide, and occur in pairs along the stem. The small five-petaled star shaped flowers are dark purple to almost black with white hairs, about…