Gardening

Poet’s eye, abundant flowering plant

Poet’s Eye (Thunbergia alata) better known as Black-eyed Susana , Tunbergia, Black Eye , Poet’s Eyeglass, Venus Eye and Black Eyes is a plant native to South Africa. It belongs to the Acanthaceae family, which can be a perennial if the climate is mild, or annual if the climate is harsher in the winter.

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Poet’s Eye Features

Climbing plant, which is used to provide color and beauty, thanks to its flowering it is usually present in mid-spring until autumn. The specimens of this species can live more than 2 years and exceed 2 meters in height. The stems grow in spirals, while the leaves are sagittate, opposite with a slightly serrated edge. The flowers are large, recurved tube-shaped with orange petals, but white, yellow, and blue cultivars exist.

Poet’s Eye Care

The plant can be used to cover lattices or pergolas , making the stems curl into trellises or stakes to guide them. They can be cultivated as a hanging plant in pots for terraces and balconies, especially in areas where temperatures below 5C are not recorded.

In addition, this plant should be located in a place with good natural lighting, so direct exposure to the sun during the summer should be avoided. It can even grow well in lightly shaded places.

The soil should be fresh, neutral, rich and well drained, with the incorporation of sand and organic matter for optimal growth.

Irrigation should be moderate throughout the year, increasing the flow a little during the period corresponding to flowering, considering avoiding puddles.

Regarding the fertilizer, it is essential that it be fed with a natural fertilizer every two weeks during the flowering season.

In addition, it can be multiplied by cuttings in the fall or from seeds sown in small containers with peat in mid to late winter, where they will germinate between 15 to 20 days at a temperature of 18˚C. In early spring they can be transplanted into their final place.

So if you did not know anything about this plant, try to have it in the garden, you will see that these flowers are going to give that unique touch to the place. Now that if you already have the experience of having cultivated it, do not hesitate to tell us about your experience.

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