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Products > Thunbergia mysorensis
 
Thunbergia mysorensis - Brick & Butter Vine
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus¹)
Origin: India (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red & Yellow
Bloomtime: Year-round
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Thunbergia mysorensis (Brick & Butter Vine) - This evergreen twining vine can grow to 16-25 feet tall by at least as wide with a dense covering of glossy plastic-like dark green lanceolate 4 to 6 inch long leaves. From the leaf axils emerge the two lipped flowers that have red calyces and a floral tube with a 3 inch tall gapping mouth that is yellow along the edges and down the throat with red reflexed petals. The flowers dangle down from the foliage on ever elongating slender inflorescences, often 3 feet or more long, and in mild winter climates these flowers can be present year-round. Plant in full sun or part shade and train up to a strong structure. Water occasionally to regularly. It is cold hardy to around 28° F but seems to not like cold wet soils. This vine is fantastic for a high pergola where the pendant flowers can dip down to be viewed from below. Sweet nectar is produced in copious quantities, attracting hummingbirds. This plant comes from the forests of Southern India where it grows in the forests at elevations up to 3,000 feet. The genus name honors the Swedish physician and botanist, Carl Peter Thunberg (1743-1828), who was a protégé of Linnaeus. The specific epithet is in reference to Mysore, a city in southern India. This plant is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful vines in the world and received the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1993. Other common names including Indian Clock Vine, Mysore Clock Vine, Lady Slipper Vine and Dolls Shoes. Though it never looking that attractive in the nursery container, once established can be an incredible vine and a beautiful specimen graced the patio on the side of our nursery office for many years until a cold wet year took it out. We originally grew this strangely wonderful plant from 1996 until 2004 but after losing this specimen we took a hiatus but urged on by customer demand we have decided to offer it again now ten years later.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Thunbergia mysorensis.
 
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