Although the Black-eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia alata) shares the same name as many Rudbeckia hirta flowers (Black & Brown-eyed Susan), this is the only relationship between the two. Rudbeckia is from the Aster and Daisy family, where this vine is from the Aeanthaceae (Acanthus) family.
Most vines, including this one, are not native to North America. It is important to note that this quick growing vine can become invasive given the right conditions.
Considered perennials, if grown in planting zones where frosts occur this will behave as an annual. In this case place in container and bring in over winter.
The vine starts blooming in June or July through early fall, depending on planting zones. They are:
Thunbergia alata propagates by seed and stem cuttings. Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date or directly into soil after last frost. Germination is about 10-15 days. Because this plant is tender it's a good idea to use mulch to keep roots cool.
This is only one of many flowers that attract butterflies and many pollinators. Click to view more flowers here. Some also can invite deer into your yard. If you are having a problem with this click on the page attracting deer to get an idea of plants that you may want to stay away from.
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