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Thunbergia alata

Thunbergia alata
black-eyed susan vine
Thunbergia alata
Completely covering the shepherd's hook that holds one of our bird feeders near the patio

Common name black-eyed susan vine
Family acanthaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z9-10)
Flowers yellow/black (summer)
Size vine to 8'
Light sun-part shade
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Native to South Africa. Grown as an annual in temperature zones. The photos above were taken in different years, of plants grown from different seed lots. A different look, although the colors of the flowers also seem to vary with the season, and with how the sun catches them.

black-eyed susan vine
Trying it in Texas with variety 'Sunny Susy New Orange', climbing up the stump of a silver dollar tree that perished in a recent freeze
Thunbergia alata
After a full growing season, Susy didn't quite cover the stump, but conquered just about everything else within reach

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: waterfall pondside

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '06 trade. Baggy 70F (4w; 75%G, 4-6d)
  2. Seed from '07 trade. Baggy 75F (80%G, 3-11d)
  3. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 70F (10d; 10%G, 7d) - 75F (80%G, 6d)
  4. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 75F (75%G, 4-10d)
  5. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 75F (73%G, 4-10d)
  6. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 75F (88%G, 9-21d)

Long-viable seed.

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