Thunbergia erecta ‘Blue Moon’

Thunbergia erecta ‘Blue Moon’ is native to Western Africa. It is also known as the Bush Clockvine, King’s Mantle, Potato Bush, or Sweet Clock Vine. It is part of the Acanthaceae family of plants. Thunbergia erecta is a herbaceous, evergreen perennial erect shrub and also a climber. It has ovate green leaves. The Thunbergia erecta flowers are violet or purple with white throats are about 1in or 2.5cm long and appear in the summer and autumn. They are fragrant but not too strong.

Thunbergia erecta
Thunbergia erecta ‘Blue Moon’

Thunbergia erecta grows up to 6ft or 1.8m. Plant it in a sheltered location in the sun or partial shade in well-drained soil. It likes water however it is also drought tolerant when established. It is easy to maintain, it is pest-free and disease-free. Propagate by layering or cuttings. No pruning necessary except for shaping or deadheading flowers.

Thunbergia erecta
Thunbergia erecta

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