A climbing vine, the Thunbergia alata is show to have. In the southern United States, the vine is able to be grown as a perennial plant; returning year after year to provide their blanket of blooms. In northern states grow as an annual.
The vine grows quickly 6 feet tall; featuring dense, lush foliage that is deep green in color. Blooms will generally begin to appear in early summer, and will continue to emerge throughout the summer. Flowers are extremely bright and showy. The center of the flower is quite dark, forming the “black eye” for which the plant is famous. This brownish, purplish black eye is the perfect foil to showcase the sunny yellow, that can provide eye catching appeal right up to early fall. Attracts butterflies, great for containers and hanging baskets too. Perennial zone 9+, annual in cooler climates.