Clock Vine Facts

Overview

Clock vines belong to the genus thunbergia along with the black-eyed Susan. It is a fast growing vine that attracts hummingbirds. Clock vines are native to tropical Africa, South Africa, Asia and India.

Features

Clock vines, which produce yellow, orange or white flowers and dark green leaves, can grow to a height of 5 to 6 feet, provided they get proper support. The plant will bloom more in the early fall than it will during the hot days of summer.

Climate

They prefer full sun, but plant them where they can get some shade in the afternoon. It is a hardy perennial in zones 9 to 11; in other areas it will be an annual.

Care

Clock vines need a moist, well-drained soil mixed with compost. Plant about 3 feet apart if it is to grow up and 4 feet apart if it is to be allowed to spread. Lightly fertilize every 6 to 8 weeks.

Problems

Spider mites, white flies and scale insects can cause the leaves to become discolored and fall off and can damage the flowers. Inspect the plant regularly and remove any damaged parts.

Uses

Clock vines are used in hanging baskets, in containers with other flowers, climbing up a trellis or arbor, or along a fence. Left alone and unsupported, it can be used as a ground cover.

References

  • Growing the Clock Vine
  • clock vine information
  • Orange Clock Vine

Who Can Help

  • Thunbergia Vines
Keywords: clock vines, ground covers, trellis plants

About this Author

Regina Sass has been a writer for 10 years, penning articles for publications in the real estate and retail industries. Her online experience includes writing, advertising and editing for an educational website. Sass is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.