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.
NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Thunbergia alata is a host plant to two moth species as well as the Eyed Pansy butterfly.
The flowers attract bees.
Water regularly in summer.
Mulch well and water regularly in summer. Prune plant back if damaged by frost – it will recover in spring.
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.
The orange or yellow flowers are trumpet-shaped with a black throat.
The delicate leaves are mid-green, heart-shaped and covered in fine hairs.
As a landscaper who specialises in indigenous, wildlife-friendly gardens, I draw my inspiration from nature and strive to create gardens that contribute to the biodiversity of an area. In my journey, I see spectacular plants and the fascinating creatures that co-exist with them.This plant book shares a constantly growing collection of the marvels that I’ve encountered. I hope it will give you an increased appreciation of our indigenous flora and fauna and spur you into restoring the natural ecology of the area in which you live.