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What’s Blooming in the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden?

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Black-eyed Susan Vine

Thunbergia alata

This is a fast-growing vine that can reach a height and spread of 5 to 10 feet. It prefers soil pH that is slightly acid to slightly alkaline, 6.0 to 7.2. Soil texture should be sandy loam and soil moisture should be well drained. This plant has low drought and low to no salt tolerance.

Black-eyed Susan vine performs best in full sun and well in partial sun/partial shade. It produces summer flowers (but ours and mine at home are blooming now) in yellow, orange, white and pink. The flowers are fragrant and approximately 1½ inches wide. Birds do a good job of spreading the seeds.

For information on this plant and other flowering vines, please see the University of Florida publication from which this article was adapted, “Flowering Vines of Florida” by Sydney Park Brown and Gary W. Knox, at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/MG/MG09700.pdf.

Please stop by our office to see our Black-eyed Susan vine covering the fence between our office and conference center. - Lynn Barber

The Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden is one of several demonstration gardens at the UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension Service, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner.

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