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PlantFiles: Black Eyed Susan Vine
Thunbergia alata 'Apricot Smoothie'

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thunbergia (thun-BER-jee-uh) (Info)
Species: alata (a-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Apricot Smoothie

21 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive PezAmour On Oct 12, 2007, PezAmour from Lugoff, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have always loved this showy bright orange, black eyed vine. Humming birds and butterflies love it too. It sows itself year after year and makes a perfect indoor hanging basket in a bright window. Will not tolerate drought or full intense sun. The vine is relativley short and will not become invasive.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lake Forest, California
Niceville, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Holden, Louisiana
Dayton, Ohio
Lugoff, South Carolina
Harker Heights, Texas
Houston, Texas

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