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Thunbergias (Thunbergia)
Thunbergias are tropical evergreen plants that often grow in vines and are useful in hanging baskets. They hail from tropical regions but are named after Swedish naturalist Carl Peter Thunberg. In many places, these vines are considered invasive and a pest because they grow so quickly and aggressively and often self-cultivate outside people’s gardens.
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The thunbergias genus comprises vigorous climbers known for their lush foliage and vibrant flowers. Basic care involves providing bright, indirect light and well-draining soil, ensuring moderate moisture without waterlogging. Thunbergias prefers warm temperatures and high humidity but requires protection from intense midday sun. Common challenges include susceptibility to pests like aphids and spider mites, and diseases such as powdery mildew. Seasonal considerations involve reducing watering in winter and providing support and pruning to encourage spring and summer growth.
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8 most common species:
Thunbergia alata
Black-eyed susan vine
Black-eyed susan vine (Thunbergia alata) is a vine species native to southern Asia, Madagascar, and Africa. This plant is called black-eyed susan vine because its blossoms resemble the black-eyed Susan. Both plants have bright yellow petals and black centers. Black-eyed susan vine is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant.
Thunbergia erecta
Bush clockvine
This tropical, evergreen shrub grows erect and blooms with bold dark blue or purple flowers through both summer and autumn, making it a lovely choice for hedges, borders, and walls. Though bush clockvine most commonly grows as a bush, it can be 'trained' to grow like a vine (as implied by the name).
Thunbergia grandiflora
Blue trumpet vine
Blue trumpet vine (Thunbergia grandiflora) is an evergreen vine native to China, India, and Mainland Southeast Asia. It is often cultivated as a houseplant in environments with temperate climates and widely naturalized. In Australia, it is considered to be a serious environmental weed.
Thunbergia mysorensis
Mysore trumpetvine
If you’re going to try to grow mysore trumpetvine (Thunbergia mysorensis) at home, keep in mind that it’s a plant for warmer climates. Also, since it’s a climbing plant, you’ll need something sufficiently strong for it to clamber over.
Thunbergia fragrans
Whitelady
Whitelady (Thunbergia fragrans) is a fragrant (hence the scientific epithet) herb that is cultivated for its white flowers in tropical and sub-tropical regions. It is an invasive species that has become a threat to native plant communities. Though cultivated as an ornamental, whitelady is more commonly found as a weed on roadsides, forest margins, plantation crops, and in thickets.
Thunbergia laurifolia
Laurel clockvine
Laurel clockvine (Thunbergia laurifolia) has elegant lilac and yellow flowers that make it a popular ornamental species. The flowers attract carpenter bees when they open during daylight hours before closing at night. However, this plant has escaped cultivation to become an invasive weed in tropical locations including Brazil.
Thunbergia alata 'Arizona Dark Red'
Black-eyed susan vine 'Arizona Dark Red'
Black-eyed susan vine 'Arizona Dark Red' is a gorgeous perennial that blooms in warm shades of red. Most Black-eyed susan vines bloom oranges and yellows. It's the red color, symbolizing the Arizona heat, that gives this cultivar its name. Gardeners love this plant, not only for its gorgeous flowers but also because it attracts butterflies and bees.
Thunbergia alata 'Sunny Suzy Brownie'
Black-eyed susan vine 'Sunny Suzy Brownie'
This cultivar was created for its coloring. Cultivated from the black-eyed susan, the black-eyed susan vine 'Sunny Suzy Brownie' is actually not brown, as it name suggests, but a dark orangey-red with an eye that is much darker in color. The longer it spends in the sun, the deeper its color becomes. Without much sun, it stays a paler orange.

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Black-eyed susan vine
Thunbergia alata
Black-eyed susan vine
Black-eyed susan vine (Thunbergia alata) is a vine species native to southern Asia, Madagascar, and Africa. This plant is called black-eyed susan vine because its blossoms resemble the black-eyed Susan. Both plants have bright yellow petals and black centers. Black-eyed susan vine is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant.
Bush clockvine
Thunbergia erecta
Bush clockvine
This tropical, evergreen shrub grows erect and blooms with bold dark blue or purple flowers through both summer and autumn, making it a lovely choice for hedges, borders, and walls. Though bush clockvine most commonly grows as a bush, it can be 'trained' to grow like a vine (as implied by the name).
Blue trumpet vine
Thunbergia grandiflora
Blue trumpet vine
Blue trumpet vine (Thunbergia grandiflora) is an evergreen vine native to China, India, and Mainland Southeast Asia. It is often cultivated as a houseplant in environments with temperate climates and widely naturalized. In Australia, it is considered to be a serious environmental weed.
Mysore trumpetvine
Thunbergia mysorensis
Mysore trumpetvine
If you’re going to try to grow mysore trumpetvine (Thunbergia mysorensis) at home, keep in mind that it’s a plant for warmer climates. Also, since it’s a climbing plant, you’ll need something sufficiently strong for it to clamber over.
Whitelady
Thunbergia fragrans
Whitelady
Whitelady (Thunbergia fragrans) is a fragrant (hence the scientific epithet) herb that is cultivated for its white flowers in tropical and sub-tropical regions. It is an invasive species that has become a threat to native plant communities. Though cultivated as an ornamental, whitelady is more commonly found as a weed on roadsides, forest margins, plantation crops, and in thickets.
Laurel clockvine
Thunbergia laurifolia
Laurel clockvine
Laurel clockvine (Thunbergia laurifolia) has elegant lilac and yellow flowers that make it a popular ornamental species. The flowers attract carpenter bees when they open during daylight hours before closing at night. However, this plant has escaped cultivation to become an invasive weed in tropical locations including Brazil.
Black-eyed susan vine 'Arizona Dark Red'
Thunbergia alata 'Arizona Dark Red'
Black-eyed susan vine 'Arizona Dark Red'
Black-eyed susan vine 'Arizona Dark Red' is a gorgeous perennial that blooms in warm shades of red. Most Black-eyed susan vines bloom oranges and yellows. It's the red color, symbolizing the Arizona heat, that gives this cultivar its name. Gardeners love this plant, not only for its gorgeous flowers but also because it attracts butterflies and bees.
Black-eyed susan vine 'Sunny Suzy Brownie'
Thunbergia alata 'Sunny Suzy Brownie'
Black-eyed susan vine 'Sunny Suzy Brownie'
This cultivar was created for its coloring. Cultivated from the black-eyed susan, the black-eyed susan vine 'Sunny Suzy Brownie' is actually not brown, as it name suggests, but a dark orangey-red with an eye that is much darker in color. The longer it spends in the sun, the deeper its color becomes. Without much sun, it stays a paler orange.
Scarlet clock vine
Thunbergia coccinea
Scarlet clock vine
Scarlet clock vine grows across a region of Asia centered around the Himalayas at elevations up to about 2000 m. Its vines produce hanging flowers that can vary in color from deep red to orange or yellow depending on the local temperature. Scarlet clock vine typically needs plenty of humidity to grow well.
Black-eyed susan vine 'African Sunset'
Thunbergia alata 'African Sunset'
Black-eyed susan vine 'African Sunset'
As a heat-tolerant climber, the black-eyed susan vine 'African Sunset' can be found as a fast-growing container, accent, and hanging cultivar. Its parentage is unknown. The black-eyed susan vine 'African Sunset' has blooms ranging from apricot and pink to red, reminiscent of a sunset. This explains its name. Gardeners may keep the black-eyed susan vine 'African Sunset' because it is easy to care for and has an extended flowering season.
Natal primrose
Thunbergia atriplicifolia
Natal primrose
Natal primrose is a resilient climbing vine that typically adorns trellises and walls with lush foliage and ornamental flowers. Characterized by heart-shaped leaves and a robust growth habit, it thrives in warmer climates where it can receive ample sunlight. The foliage often resembles that of Atriplex, hence its species name, suggesting a historical adaptive imitation for its survival in specific habitats.
Thunbergia neglecta
Thunbergia neglecta
Thunbergia neglecta
Thunbergia neglecta is characterized by its climbing habit and heart-shaped leaves, which are often a lush green. Delicate yellow flowers with a simplistic charm define this plant, blossoming amid the foliage to create a subtle yet enchanting display. Its growth thrives in warm climates with well-drained soils, where it can gracefully twine around structures, showcasing its natural elegance.
Dwarf blue thunbergia
Thunbergia natalensis
Dwarf blue thunbergia
Thunbergia natalensis is a species of flowering plant in the family Acanthaceae, that is native to parts of mainland Africa, including South Africa (Limpopo, Mpulamanga, KwaZulu-Natal, East Cape Province), Eswatini, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. It occurs in forest margins, bush and grassland. Normally evergreen, it responds to dry or cold winters by losing its leaves and going dormant. Common names include dwarf thunbergia, Natal blue thunbergia and Natal blue-bell. This handsome plant is cultivated in temperate regions for its masses of summer-flowering pale blue, trumpet-shaped blooms against dark hairy leaves. Growing to around 1 m (3.3 ft) tall, it is best displayed as groundcover in a partially-shaded position.
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Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
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Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
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Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
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Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
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Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
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Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
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Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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Thunbergias are tropical evergreen plants that often grow in vines and are useful in hanging baskets. They hail from tropical regions but are named after Swedish naturalist Carl Peter Thunberg. In many places, these vines are considered invasive and a pest because they grow so quickly and aggressively and often self-cultivate outside people’s gardens.
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Scientific Classification of Thunbergias

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The thunbergias genus comprises vigorous climbers known for their lush foliage and vibrant flowers. Basic care involves providing bright, indirect light and well-draining soil, ensuring moderate moisture without waterlogging. Thunbergias prefers warm temperatures and high humidity but requires protection from intense midday sun. Common challenges include susceptibility to pests like aphids and spider mites, and diseases such as powdery mildew. Seasonal considerations involve reducing watering in winter and providing support and pruning to encourage spring and summer growth.
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8 most common species:
Thunbergia alata
Black-eyed susan vine
Black-eyed susan vine (Thunbergia alata) is a vine species native to southern Asia, Madagascar, and Africa. This plant is called black-eyed susan vine because its blossoms resemble the black-eyed Susan. Both plants have bright yellow petals and black centers. Black-eyed susan vine is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant.
Thunbergia erecta
Bush clockvine
This tropical, evergreen shrub grows erect and blooms with bold dark blue or purple flowers through both summer and autumn, making it a lovely choice for hedges, borders, and walls. Though bush clockvine most commonly grows as a bush, it can be 'trained' to grow like a vine (as implied by the name).
Thunbergia grandiflora
Blue trumpet vine
Blue trumpet vine (Thunbergia grandiflora) is an evergreen vine native to China, India, and Mainland Southeast Asia. It is often cultivated as a houseplant in environments with temperate climates and widely naturalized. In Australia, it is considered to be a serious environmental weed.
Thunbergia mysorensis
Mysore trumpetvine
If you’re going to try to grow mysore trumpetvine (Thunbergia mysorensis) at home, keep in mind that it’s a plant for warmer climates. Also, since it’s a climbing plant, you’ll need something sufficiently strong for it to clamber over.
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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