There are countless ways to enjoy this cheery, sun-loving vine: window boxes, ground cover, on a trellis as a screen, in hanging baskets, decorating mailboxes, and columns. Very fast growing with lush foliage and masses of blooms all summer long in a dazzling, eye-catching array of sunset hues; the petals make a brilliant contrast to the dark, 'Spanish eyes'.
• Botanical Name: Thunbergia alata
• Family: Acanthaceae
• Native: Africa
• Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 10 and warmer, otherwise grown as an annual.
• Plant Dimensions: 5'–8' long vine; in frost-free areas it may reach 20'.
• Variety Information: 1"–1½" wide, varying sunset hues with contrasting dark "eye"
• Exposure: Full sun to part shade
• Bloom Period: Summer to frost
• Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 65°–80°F.
• When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Transplant outside after average last frost. Use biodegradable pots to prevent root disturbance when transplanting.
• Days to Emerge: 15–10 days
• Seed Depth: ⅛"
• Seed Spacing: 1 seed every 6"
• Thinning: Not required.