Solandra longiflora

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Solandra longiflora

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Solandra longiflora

Chalice Vine, Dwarf Cup of Gold Vine

A tropical vine from the Caribbean. A smaller species than the more common 'Cup of Gold Vine' in California, Solandra guttata. An elegant plant with showy cream colored cup like flowers about 2" across with a frilly edge cream on long thin stalk about 7" long. The smaller dark green leaves have a shiny waxy surface. Beautiful tied up on a fence or wall, it does not have a natural method of twining or using tendrils to grab, it climbs by leaning on a host plant, like a tree in nature. It will root into anything with potential to hold moisture, like brick or stucco, so beware. Best in the sun, but will grow in part shade. I first saw this plant on an east wall at the Huntington Library and was sold then and there. Absolutely stunning in full bloom. Easy to grow, but can be a little gangly, especially at first, but regular pruning can make a neat plant. Roots quickly from cuttings, but likes it on the warm side. A frost can damage the foliage, but it usually recovers as the weather warms. 



 
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