Thunbergia mysorensis

Thunbergia mysorensis
Jardin des serres d’Auteuil, Paris

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.

Description:

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.

Usage:

Ornamental

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Brick and butter vine, dolls’ shoes, Indian clock vine, lady’s slipper vine, Mysore trumpetvine

Synonyms:

Hexacentris mysorensis

Etymology:

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

Origin:

Southern India

Habitat:

Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests

Hardiness:

USDA zone 10-11

Thunbergia mysorensis

Thunbergia mysorensis
Jardin des serres d’Auteuil, Paris

Care:

Soil:

Loam, moist but well-drained soil

Light:

Sun (but shaded from hot sun), partial shade

Water:

Moderate water needs during growing period, very little during rest period

Feed:

Balanced liquid fertilizer monthly during growing period

Propagation:

Seed, softwood cuttings, layering

Cuttings instructions:

  • take cuttings from a healthy softwood stalk
  • tip cuttings root very easily in water

Sowing instructions:

  • sow in moist sowing substrate
  • 22-25 °C
  • germination: 2-3 weeks
  • protect the seedlings from direct sunlight

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