There are countless ways to enjoy this cheery, sun-loving vine: window boxes, ground cover, on a trellis as a screen, in hanging baskets, decorating mailboxes, and columns. Very fast growing with lush foliage and masses of blooms all summer long in a dazzling, eye-catching array of sunset hues; the petals make a brilliant contrast to the dark, 'Spanish eyes'.

Spanish Eyes Black-Eyed Susan Vine Seeds

  • Botanical Name: Thunbergia alata

    Family: Acanthaceae

    Native: Africa

    Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 10 and warmer, otherwise grown as an annual.

    Plant Dimensions: 5'–8' long vine; in frost-free areas it may reach 20'.

    Variety Information: 1"–1½" wide, varying sunset hues with contrasting dark "eye"

    Exposure: Full sun to part shade

    Bloom Period: Summer to frost

    Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower

  • When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 65°–80°F.

    When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Transplant outside after average last frost. Use biodegradable pots to prevent root disturbance when transplanting.

    Days to Emerge: 15–10 days

    Seed Depth: ⅛"

    Seed Spacing: 1 seed every 6"

    Thinning: Not required.

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