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Thunbergia alata 'African Sunset'
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common name: Black-eyed Susan
synonyms: Thunbergia alata 'Blushing Susie'
growth rate: fast
growth habit: twining
leaf colour: green
flower colour: red
main season: Summer
full sun, part shade
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -1°C
USDA zone: 5 to 10
Selection with flowers of various colours from terracotta red, pinks and oranges to pale cream. Slender, twining climber, grown as an annual in cool areas but perennial in warm climates. Roughly triangular, mid-green leaves.
Needs warm conditions to grow well, often treated an annual. Fertile, moist, well drained soil. Full sun or part shade in hot areas.
Annually grown plants will be smaller, perhaps 1.5m.
Grow up a support or allow to trail.
By seed or from cuttings.
Effective cover for a fence or sloping bank
Selected by Robert Grant-Downton, University of Oxford, UK, from plants growing in Kenya.