Thunbergia mysorensis | Mysore Clock Vine
Thunbergia mysorensis is a woody-stemmed, evergreen vine native to southern India. It is also commonly known as Mysore Trumpet Vine or Indian Clock Vine. The plant is prized for its unique and striking flowers, which are large and trumpet-shaped, with bright yellow throats and deep maroon petals that flare outwards.
Plant Features and Care:
- Choose a location with well-draining soil and partial to full sun exposure.
- Plant in the spring, after the last frost has passed.
- Water deeply once a week, or more frequently during hot weather or drought.
- Feed with a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
- Provide support for the plant to climb, such as a trellis, arbor, or wall.
- Prune regularly to control growth and remove dead or damaged branches.
- Propagate from stem cuttings taken in the spring or summer.
- The plant can grow up to 20 feet in height and spread over an area of 5-6 feet.
- Thunbergia mysorensis is a fast-growing perennial plant that can bloom in its second year of growth.
- The plant prefers warm, tropical climates and requires partial shade to full sun exposure.
Uses of Thunbergia mysorensis vine:
- Ornamental: Thunbergia mysorensis is primarily grown as an ornamental plant for its unique and striking flowers, which can add a tropical touch to any garden or landscape.
- Medicinal: The plant has some medicinal uses in traditional Indian medicine, where it is used to treat a variety of ailments, including skin diseases, fever, and dysentery.
- Pollinator attractant: The flowers of vine attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies to the garden, which can help to increase biodiversity and promote ecosystem health.
- Erosion control: The plant’s vigorous growth and ability to climb make it an effective tool for erosion control on slopes or other areas prone to soil erosion.
- Habitat creation: It can provide habitat and shelter for small animals such as birds and insects, which can help to promote biodiversity and ecosystem health.