Black-Eyed Susan Vine Fast Facts

Black-Eyed Susan Vine Fast Facts image by Carl E. Lewis:, The County Clerk:
Black-Eyed Susan Vine Fast Facts image by Carl E. Lewis:, The County Clerk:


Black-eyed Susan vines are easy-to-grow annuals that bloom from mid-summer to fall. The flowers were originally yellow or orange, but new varieties are available different colors. Blushing Susie, Spanish Eyes and African Sunset varieties have flowers in ivory, rose, apricot, salmon and red.

Black-eyed Susan vine


Black-eyed Susan vines (Thunbergia alata) originated in tropical Africa. They grow 6 to 10 feet high and twine around their supports. The flowers are about 1 inch across and tubular shaped; leaves are triangular.

'Alba' black-eyed Susan vine


Some varieties of yellow black-eyed Susan vines are Sunny Lemon Star and Canary Eyes. Orange varieties include Tiger Eyes and Susie; varieties of white black-eyed Susan vines include Angel Wing, Bright Eyes and Alba.


Train back-eyed Susan vines along a fence, over an arbor or on a trellis. You can also grow it as a ground cover, in a hanging basket or in a tall container.

Sowing Seeds

Sow seeds about 1/4 inch deep after the last frost. Water well and keep moist. Black-eyed Susan vine seeds germinate in 14 to 21 days.


Grow black-eyed Susan vines in moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Apply fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks, according to the manufacturer's directions.


  • North Carolina State University Extension
  • University of Illinois Extension

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About this Author

Melody Lee began working as a reporter and copywriter for the "Jasper News" in 2004 and was promoted to editor in 2005. She also edits magazine articles and books. Lee holds a degree in landscape design, is a Florida Master Gardener, and has more than 25 years of gardening experience.

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