Saturday, September 18, 2010

Clock Vines

Clock Vines are native to India. The large blue flowers of the Bengal Clock Vine Thunbergia grandiflora are a beautiful sight . The vine gets its name from the fact that it always curls itself clockwise around a support. The Bengal Clock Vine becomes very heavy after some years. It can be pruned to the desired size. Once established, it does not need any care except occasional watering.
The Black- Eyed -Susan Thunbergia alata is a moderately sized vine. the bright yellow flowers with their black centres make the plant very attractive. It is self seeding , and sometimes becomes invasive.

The Mysore Clock Vine, Thunbergia mysorensis flowers profusely all through the year. Its flowers hang like chandeliers from the support, making it one of the most attractive flowering creepers. It also needs a strong support as it becomes quite heavy over the years.
Thunbergia erecta is a shrub with blue flowers , while Thunbergia fragrans is a vine with white flowers.


8 comments:

  1. Thunbergias come in a variety of beautiful shapes and colours. I have Thunbergia fragrans but contrary to what the name suggests, the flowers have absolutely no fragrance!

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  2. Love thunbergias. My school has a gigantic plant that attracts bees and wasps all the time.

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  4. These are gorgeous vines! Love them all. I hope to have a Thunbergia alata soon. My seedling looks like growing nicely now. But I am still keeping my fingers crossed ;-)

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  5. Pretty flowers! Seems your garden was so healthy. Wish I can have a healthy garden too. I'm been looking for interesting topic as this. Looking forward for your next post. Keep posting!


    -yumi-

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  6. Hi,

    Do you know of anyone who sells seeds for thunbergia grandiflora and thunbergia mysorensis?

    Nice blog.

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  7. What a lovely pictures, the colors are also beautiful.

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  8. Oh! Those flowers caught my attention. It seems you have a great flower gardens. How I wish I could have a cool garden like yours. Keep it up!

    toni

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