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Solandra maxima - Cup of Gold Vine


Solandra maxima - Cup of Gold Vine (Solandra maxima - Cup of Gold Vine)

This extremely fast growing heavy, woody vine is growing in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. It starts blooming in January and will bloom for many months. The flower are powerfully fragrant and smell like vanilla/coconut. Photo taken June 11, 2011.



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Vanilla/coconut!!!!!! I want one too!!!

14 Jun, 2011

 

They are a lovely vine - they have one in the botanic gardens in Oxford.

14 Jun, 2011

 

Alexandramou:

This viney-shrub can become a monster to almost 300ft/91m wide. It grow so extremely fast many people say you can see it growing (I'm not kidding either). My neighbor has one shaped as a large shrub. It has to be cut back constantly. In a pot it will grow slower, although it will never look very healthy.

The fragrance of this vine is so incredible, you just can't believe it. It smells like coconut-vanilla with a hint of banana. You almost want to eat the flowers....however, they're poisonous! This vine is related to the Angel's Trunpets (Brugmansia) which is in the Solanaceae family.

14 Jun, 2011

 

Meanie:

You've probably smelled the very fragrant flowers before, correct?

14 Jun, 2011

 

I probably did - mingled in with everything else (it's indoors)!

14 Jun, 2011

 

OOOhhh I definitely want one.

14 Jun, 2011

 

me too Alex :o))

14 Jun, 2011

 

Alexandramou:

Is Cup of Gold vine commonly available for sale where you live?

15 Jun, 2011

 

If it was Delonix it would mine now!!! I had a look today, no luck. I bought another yellow flower plant instead., will post pic later. I'm going to ask if they could order one for me.....

15 Jun, 2011

 

Alexandramou:

That's too bad it's not commonly available there! I know it never really looks good in pots. However, once it's put into the ground it takes off like nobody's business. It's a tropical vine but I'm sure it would do very well in Corfu, Greece. This vine is grown in the Sacramento and San Joquin Valleys of California...and it can get pretty darn cold there in winter, though the summer days usually average 100ºF/38ºC or hotter.

17 Jun, 2011

 

Yeap, definitely getting one. ;o)

17 Jun, 2011

 

Great! Remember though, it's extremely fast growing.

17 Jun, 2011



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