• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing to 5 ft.
    Key Feature:
    Summer Flowering
    Blooms:
    Summer
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing to 5 ft.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleTropical
    Design IdeasThis beautifully colored perennial is one of the very best for hanging baskets. It is remarkable cascading off the edges of pots, troughs and window boxes. Use it as a fast growing vine to creep over unattractive masonry or climb aging walls. Particularly good for quick coverage of chain link and woven wire fence. Plant in masses for a sprawling groundcover. Perfect quick fix for small city gardens, courtyards, apartment balconies and townhouse yards.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer. Provide support such as a trellis or arbor. Prune annually to control size.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The genus Thunbergea is classified in the Acanthaceae and includes more than 100 species of erect or climbing plants native to worm parts of Central and south Africa, Madagascar and Asia. T. alata is native to central Africa. This variety is credited to Robert Grant-Downton of the Dept. of Plant Sciences at Univeristy of Oxford, England. His expeditions encountered this naturally occurring rose colored flower in Kenya, which was collected from two sites, one on the Cheranganis Mountains of western Kenya and another near the Kakamenga Forest.