Bush clockvine

Thunbergia erecta (Acanthaceae)


Erect, evergreen shrub, up to 2 m tall. Leaves small, ovate, dark green, opposite. Thin, brown stems. Flowers slightly fragrant, dark blue to purple, yellow throat. Grows in full sun to partial shade.


Native to Western Africa, but commonly cultivated in India and other tropical and subtropical regions as an ornamental.

Natural Medical  Properties

No known.

Did you know?

Commercial landscapers often plant and maintain “Bush clockvine” as a hedge for a border. Its small foliage and continuous growth make it well suited for this purpose.

Related (same family) to Mexican ruellia (Ruellia simplex, #98).

Further reading:


World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species