Pretty purple flowers with bright yellow center peeking from a green bush makes a pretty corner in a garden. This plant is the Bush Clock Vine. The other common name is King’s Mantle and the botanical name is Thunbergia erecta. It belongs to the Acanthaceae family.
Bush Clock Vine plant grows to a height 4 feet. Leaves are green, opposite, and tapers at the end.
The flowers are bright and bloom either single or in pairs. The tube like flower is 1.5 to 2.5 inches long. The flower has five dark purple, roundish petals, yellowish-white at the base.
It can be grown as a bush with weeping branches or it can be trained like a vine. The flowers are absolutely wonderful and it flowers in the colder season. King’s Mantle is native to west Africa, but commonly cultivated in India.