Thunbergia alata 'African Sunset'

My favourite climber to mix with apricots and purples (such as Rhodochiton) to cover teepees and arches. More
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Black-eyed Susans are fantastic annual climbers, flowering hard until your first hard frost, and covered from soil to sky with open saucer blooms. This variety has flowers in all the colours of a spectacular sunset.

Genus Thunbergia
Group/Species alata
Variety African Sunset
Type Tender Perennial (grown as a Half-Hardy Annual Climber)
Common Name Black-Eyed Susan
Border Position Climber
Soil Type Chalky, Neutral, Sandy
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.8m (71in)
Spacing 40cm (16in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Plant out after the last frosts, prefers a sheltered sunny spot with moist but well-drained soil. May also be grown in containers or hanging baskets. Provide support if growing as a climber.
Care Tips Water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser once a month. Will require protection from frosts unless grown as an annual.
Flowering July - first frosts
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
The very best annual climbers

Sow these climbers in your garden in the spring, and you'll enjoy them well into the autumn.


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Thunbergia alata 'African Sunset' reviews

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Reviewed 27th November 2018 by Cally

Disappointed with vigour of climbing and amount of flowers..hardly noticeable although put in pots with good trellis/framework to climb.

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Reviewed 23rd November 2018 by Sheila

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Reviewed 22nd November 2018 by Ann

Delightful - a real eye catcher

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Reviewed 22nd November 2018 by Veronica

Loved these, will be buying more next year.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Susanne

Ordering from the website was easy. The plants arrived quickly and in good condition. They developed nicely once planted and are still going strong in November! Really liked them and will try to get them again next summer.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Linda

These grew to be really attractive plants. I gave one to a friend who was also pleased with the results.

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Reviewed 15th November 2018 by Gillian

Nice colours. Excellent service as usual.

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Reviewed 15th November 2018 by Christina

These too have performed well and are only just going over mid November. I am really impressed with all of Sarah Ravens plants, they always surpass my expectations.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Lisa

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Reviewed 8th November 2018 by Vivienne

Flowered non stop right up till the frost came first week in November.

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Reviewed 15th October 2018 by Linda

The three garden ready plugs are still blooming their socks off over an obelisk in a large pot. It’s mid October in Mid Sussex and they look spectacular. I have grown thunbergia before from seed but found they took time to germinate and took a long time to get established in the large display pot, so will definitely buy the plugs again next year.

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Reviewed 13th October 2018 by Jill

Strong seedlings grew well

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Reviewed 12th October 2018 by Marie-Anne

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Reviewed 12th October 2018 by Valerie

Strong plants which have flowered all summer.

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Daughne

contrasted well with the collection and still in flower

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Reviewed 7th October 2018 by Fiona

Pretty little flower and grew well. Also nice Autumn leaf colour. Delivery and packaging very good.

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Linda

Great service. Have an obelisk covered in these flowers.

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Linda

Really good, flowered constantly

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Elizabeth

Lovely strong seedlings that have flowered all summer longer

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by David

Not as vigorous as others I have had but nice.

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Reviewed 11th September 2018 by Iris

Made great progress climbing up pyramids and are stll covered in buds.

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Jayne

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Margaret

I love these plants the change of colour as they grow had been really ;lovely in our pots.

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Mr Pipe

All seedlings performed as expected.

Great climbers that last for ages...

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Reviewed 11th February 2018 by Kevin Williamson

Bought some last year as we'd had trouble getting them locally. Received very healthy plants that grew and grew. Lots of colour and they lasted into December. Really lovely either side of a front door giving a lot of impact.

Beautiful but sent a plain orange variety too

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Reviewed 23rd August 2017 by Kate Halls

I'm giving 5 stars because this is a stunning climber, it flowers forever and everyone comments on it, the only problem is we got another variety in plain orange as well, slight disappointment as they were either side of an archway.

Star Turn

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Reviewed 10th January 2017 by anne parker

I planted 5 plug plants last year and they bloomed and bloomed and climbed and climbed. They attracted many plaudits from my neighbours. I am a hopeless gardener and they were WONDERFUL.