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Solandra maxima
Solandra maxima

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Zone
Zones 15-25, 27, H2
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Solandra maxima

Cup-of-Gold Vine
Solanaceae
Evergreen, Vines

Native from Mexico to Venezuela and Colombia. Fast-growing, sprawling, rampant vine to 40 ft.; must be tied to its support. Heavy stems bear highly polished, broadly oval, rich green leaves. Inflated-looking buds open to big (6–8 in.), leathery, bowl-shaped, five-lobed blossoms that are fragrant at night; flowers are golden yellow, with a red-brown stripe running down each lobe to the flower center. Main bloom period runs from winter into early spring, but scattered flowering can occur at any time. ‘Variegata’ has leaves marked with white. Use on big walls and pergolas, along eaves, as bank cover. Spectacular along a fence near a swimming pool. Often sold as S. guttata.

Give good, well-drained soil for best growth. Cut back long, vigorous shoots to induce branching and more flowers. To make it easy to see inside the big flowers, encourage growth low on plant by tip-pinching. Can be trimmed back to make a rough hedge. Takes seacoast conditions, wind, and fog. Provide shade for roots in hottest climates; give overhead cold protection in Zones 15, 16, 18–20. Light frost blackens the leaves, but plants usually recover to produce new growth. 

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