Thunbergia mysorensis or brick and butter vine is a climber with beautiful yellow and dark red flowers.
It can grow in the garden in the tropics and subtropics but is frost-sensitive. Elsewhere it can grow in a veranda or heated conservatory.
The flowers attract hummingbirds and sunbirds. Bloom occurs place mainly in winter and spring.
Thunbergia mysorensis is a twining climber with woody stems up to 6 m high.
The leaves are ovate, 10-15 cm long and 4-8 cm wide, 3-veined from the base, irregularly dentate, with acuminate apex and truncate base. The petiole is 1-5 cm long.
The flowers appear in suspended axillary cymes up to 50 cm long. The bracts are minute, peduncles 2-3 cm long, flowers 2-lipped, to 5 cm long, with a yellow throat and reflexed dark red lobes.
The fruit is a 3 cm long capsule.
Brick and butter vine, dolls’ shoes, Indian clock vine, lady’s slipper vine, Mysore trumpetvine
Thunbergia: after the Swedish physician and botanist, Carl Peter Thunberg (1743-1828), a protégé of Linnaeus
Mysorensis: refers to the city of Mysore in southern India
Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
USDA zone 10-11
Loam, moist but well-drained soil
Sun (but shaded from hot sun), partial shade
Moderate water needs during growing period, very little during rest period
Balanced liquid fertilizer monthly during growing period
Seed, softwood cuttings, layering
- take cuttings from a healthy softwood stalk
- tip cuttings root very easily in water
- sow in moist sowing substrate
- 22-25 °C
- germination: 2-3 weeks
- protect the seedlings from direct sunlight