Thunbergia alata

FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 3m x 1m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

This is a fast-growing creeper with small, slightly hairy, heart-shaped leaves.  It bears masses of flowers which are orange-yellow trumpet-shaped with a black throat.  The plant frequently dies down during winter but rapidly grows out again in spring.
There are creamy-white flowered forms available as well.
ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Thunbergia alata is a host plant to two moth species as well as the Eyed Pansy butterfly.
The flowers attract bees.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Forest margins.

MAINTENANCE:
Mulch well and water regularly in summer. Prune plant back if damaged by frost - it will recover in spring.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water regularly in summer.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
Allow the plant to climb up trees to provide additional screening.
Mass plant it on a stream bank to form an attractive groundcover.
Plant in a large container on a sunny patio - remember to use a trellis to support it.
The plant can be used to hide ugly construction work or to cover a dead tree.
FLOWERS:
The orange or yellow flowers are trumpet-shaped with a black throat.
FOLIAGE:
The delicate leaves are mid-green, heart-shaped and covered in fine hairs.
BUTTERFLY LARVAL HOST:
Junonia orithya (Eyed Pansy)

CULTIVATION:
Propogate from seed.

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