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|Positive ||KanapahaLEW ||On Aug 20, 2012, KanapahaLEW from Alachua, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
T. erecta is deciduous in my humid z8b/9a gardens, coming back every year for 5 years, even after winters with temps as low as 18F deg. It hardly seems tropical, and reaches 5 to 6 feet in height by mid-August.
|Positive ||Anjana ||On Apr 13, 2011, Anjana from Delhi
I am growing this plant in a pot in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan. In the shade. Has been blooming quite a lot for a month or so. The cream receptacle from which the flower emerges adds to its beauty. Got the plant from a nursery.
|Positive ||BLBdixie ||On Jul 11, 2010, BLBdixie from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:
My husband dug this bush up about 15 yrs ago from a demo job he was working on. We planted it in the back yard next to a shed & it is now about 12' tall & 5' wide & will bloom all year unless we have a very cold winter such as we had this year here in St. Petersburg, Fl. Then it will drop most of its leaves & wait for it to warm up before putting out new ones, than it can't wait to start blooming. The whole bush is now covered & I love the color of the blooms (ours is yellow & purple). We never knew what it was called until last week when we went to this great nursery that carries a lot of native & garden friendly plants - they had some.
If you can get your hands on one it is well worth planting.
|Positive ||spotzim ||On Jul 11, 2006, spotzim from Palo Alto, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
I've had this plant growing in semi-shade under a redwood tree (sequoia) for years. It seems deciduous (not evergreen) and dies back in Feb or March. I trim the dead stalks, and the new green comes back happily. It has spread some since I planted the original (from a 1-gallon container) and now roots in an area 2- to 3-feet in diameter. It's not invasive, however, just increasing its foothold slowly after about 20 years. The bush itself spreads 4 to 5 feet, and it's almost 3 feet tall. It blooms with intense blue flowers most of the summer. I water with a drip line. Occasional sprinkler, too.
|Positive ||HarryNJ ||On Aug 19, 2004, HarryNJ from Neptune, NJ (Zone 7b) wrote:
The nursery I work for received a couple of these plants along with other assorted tropical climbers a few years ago. I'd never seen the plant before and conveniently there were a couple broken branches which I brought home a rooted in water. They seem to root very easily and quickly, and were potted up within a couple weeks. They began blooming the second summer, and although I can't say that the plant has ever bloomed heavily (there are usually just a couple flowers at a time) it does bloom reliably from mid summer through late fall. The flowers are always a surprise since it seems that the buds remain hidden in the foliage until the blooms pop out, and it seems that most of the bud set occurs near the base of the plant. The plant is now in a 12" pot, is about 40" high and for me grows as a sort of thin stemmed shrub with no inclination to climb at all.
It seems to remain pest free, even though I have been battling a pretty serious mealy bug and mite infestation on some other plants for the past year or so. The only down side to the plant is this: it grows profuse leafy growth from spring through mid-summer. At about the time of the first flowering many of the leaves develop yellow/brown tips and edges and fall off. I'm not sure if this is a natural thing or if I just haven't found the correct fertilizing/watering/lighting requirements for this plant. In any event the flowers are striking and the plant itself seems very tough, even if it does look a bit ratty at flowering time.
|Positive ||boots1 ||On Jul 4, 2004, boots1 from Ruskin, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
I planted three of these beautiful plants to go over a trellis about a month ago. Some of the tendrils have already reached six feet. They are all healthy and insect free. I am anxious to see if they seed or not as I am trying to root some now.
|Positive ||swerk ||On Jun 16, 2004, swerk from Los Alamitos, CA wrote:
This plant is one of my favorites in my garden. It is not always easy to come by in the nursery. In southern California it dies back completely into the ground in the fall and re-emerges in spring. The flowers are absolutely wonderful and it seems to bloom from early spring until late summer or fall. I
have them in partial shade/sun. I hope more people will give this lovely plant a try.
|Positive ||butterflypea ||On Nov 13, 2002, butterflypea wrote:
Thunbergia erecta is one of my favorite flowers in my garden. I use it at the back of the border in many of my beds.I love the royal purple flower with the yellow throat. It can be grown as a bush with weeping branches or it can be trained like a vine. It sometimes produces seeds which will make volunteer seedlings; but that doesn't happen often. Here in Hawaii it blooms year round.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Palo Alto, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Coral Springs, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Dunes Road, Florida
Hobe Sound, Florida
Indian River Shores, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
North De Land, Florida
Palm City, Florida
Paradise Heights, Florida
Pembroke Pines, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Port St Lucie, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
St Augustine, Florida
Tampa, Florida (2 reports)
Vero Beach, Florida
Winter Park, Florida
Old Jefferson, Louisiana
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
Lake Jackson, Texas
Llano Grande, Texas