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PlantFiles: Black-Eyed Susan Vine
Thunbergia alata 'African Sunset'

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thunbergia (thun-BER-jee-uh) (Info)
Species: alata (a-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: African Sunset
Additional cultivar information: (aka Blushing Susie)

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13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive poisondartfrog On Sep 25, 2010, poisondartfrog from Barbourville, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Many shades of salmon, vigorous.
Benefits from a bit of afternoon shade.

Positive Xeramtheum On Feb 6, 2006, Xeramtheum from Summerville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant is suppose to be an annual in Zone 8, but mine are coming back up for the second year in a row!


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

Bellflower, California
Citrus Heights, California
Elk Grove, California
San Francisco, California
Deland, Florida
Port Saint Joe, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Lula, Georgia
Olathe, Kansas
Denville, New Jersey
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Dayton, Ohio
Summerville, South Carolina
Salt Lake City, Utah
Leesburg, Virginia

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