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Thunbergia Laurifolia - Plant

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It is native to India and the Indomalaya ecozone, the species occurs from Indochina to Malaysia. It is locally known as kar tuau in Malaysia
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Description for Thunbergia Laurifolia

Thunbergia laurifolia leaves are opposite, heart-shaped with serrated leaf margin and taper to a pointed tip. Flowers are not scented and borne on pendulous inflorescences. The hermaphrodite flower is trumpet-shaped with a short broad tube, white outside and yellowish inside. The corolla is pale blue in colour with 5 to 7 petals, one larger than the others.

The plant flowers almost continuously throughout the year with flowers opening early in the morning and aborting in the evening of the same day. Carpenter bees are frequent visitors, creeping into the flowers for pollen and nectar while black ants are present probably as nectar scavengers. The plant develops a very tuberous root system.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
blue trumpet vine,laurel clockvine,Thunbergia laurifolia Lavender blue August to September 15.00 to 30.00 feet easy to grow

Planting and care

It is a long blooming vine in cultivation. Propagation is from stem cuttings or shoots from the tuberous roots. It is a fast-growing perennial herbaceous climber. it has become an exotic weed in many tropical countries.

Thunbergia is an easy to care for plant that can quickly cover a fence or pergola. The gorgeously showy flowers and lush foliage make this a choice addition to any garden. It is one of the most free flowering vines. The most commonly seen varieties are sky blue to light violet although there is a white flowering type as well

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full Sun well-drained soil medium 10–13 °C (50–55 °F) Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Thunbergia Laurifolia

  • It can be propagated by seed or by using stem or root cuttings.
    In temperate climates, laurel clock vine should be grown in a heated glasshouse because it is frost-tender. When cultivated in this way, it enjoys a long and prolific flowering period.
    Although still a vigorous climber in a glasshouse environment, its maximum size is significantly less than when it grows in the wild.

Typical uses of Thunbergia Laurifolia

Special features: Trellises, arbors, fences or other structures in areas where winter hardy. Hanging baskets and other containers when grown as an annual. Houseplant.

Culinary use: na

Ornamental use: Thunbergia laurifolia is a popular ornamental plant in tropical gardens.

Medicinal use: In Malaysia, juice from crushed leaves of T. laurifolia are taken for menorrhagia, placed into the ear for deafness, and applied for poulticing cuts and boils .

References

  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=c941 http://www.greenpatio.com/plantdatabase/thunbergia.shtml

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