Thunbergia mysorensis

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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.


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.




Common names:

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


Hexacentris mysorensis


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


Southern India


Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests


USDA zone 10-11

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Thunbergia mysorensis
Jardin des serres d’Auteuil, Paris



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

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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