Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Thunbergia alata, Canary Eyes, Black Eyed Susan Vine

Common Name: Black Eyed Susan Vine

Family: Acanthaceae

Genus: Thunbergia

Species: alata

Cultivar or Variety: Canary Eyes

Characteristics of Plant
A fantastic annual that will add a dash of color and brightness just about anywhere you plant it.

Canary Eyes is vine that if left on its own will trail around on the ground and is a good cover crop plant between perennials and small bushes or it can be trained to climb and cover such things as fences, trellis or other structures.

It also looks nice in a hanging basket of mixed plants where the vines can hang down.

This plant has dark green leaves that will produce non stop loads of tubular looking blooms that open up into 1 to 1 1/2" pale yellow flowers with a black eye.

It is also a plant that attracts many beneficial to it and usually has no major problems and is pretty carefree for maintenance.

Life Cycle
Annual

Zone Hardiness up to
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8
Zone 9

Endangered Species
No

Heirloom
No

When to Sow Seed
Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring

Germination Temperature
60-70 F

Seed Sowing Depth
1/16"

Seed Needs Light to Germinate
Yes

Days to Germination
7-10 days

Sun Exposure
Full Sun
Part Sun/ Part Shade

Plant Form
Creeping
Ground Cover
Vining
Branching
Spreading

Blooms
Yes

Bloom Form
Above Foliage

Flower Color
Pale Yellow

Nutritional Needs
Moist

Fertile
Yes

Reproduces By
Seed

Cutting Flower
No

Attractive to Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Butterflies
Bees

Additional Uses
Containers
Borders
Hanging Baskets
Planters

Image
(Image by poisondartfrog)
"Canary Eyes"
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