I first saw this in the highlands.
The shrub had beautiful vivid purple blooms with a contrasting yellow throat.
I took a small stem – so small that I didn’t dare pin much hope on it. But the 3-inch stem surprised me. It grew.
And a year on, the Thunbergia Erecta bloomed! The same royal purple blooms graced the plant.
Unfortunately the camera can’t seem to do the rich colour justice. Whoever called it the King’s Mantle named it well.
I wonder how it got its other name though – the Bush Clock Vine. Anyone wants to venture a guess?
Care and propagation: partial to full sun; well drained soil; water moderately; propagate using softwood cuttings (preferred) and seeds