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Solandra maxima - Cup of Gold Vine

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Solanaceae (Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Golden
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Synonyms: [Solandra nitida, S. guttata, Hort.]
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Solandra maxima (Cup of Gold Vine) - A large, evergreen vine that can spread to 40 feet with 6 to 8 inch long thick elliptical leaves and enormous 8 inch long by 8 to 10 inch wide golden trumpet-shaped flowers with brown stripes on the inside - the peak bloom period is in spring in California though it can bloom as early as January in Santa Barbara and can often be found with flowers into June or July. Flowers age darker and are fragrant, particularly in the evening, with a banana or vanilla aroma. It tolerates seaside conditions, even direct salt spray. Plant in full sun along the coast (some protection inland) and water regularly. Hardy to around 28 F with some frost damage to tip growth in prolonged sub 32 F temperatures. Tolerates seaside conditions, even direct salt spray. This plant is native to Mexico, Central America south to Venezuela. The genus was named to honor 18th century Swedish botanist, Daniel Carl Solander who was one of Linnaeus' favorite students and best friend of Sir Joseph Banks and accompanied Banks on Captain Cook's travels around the world . The specific epithet is from the Latin word 'maximus' meaning "large" in reference to this species' large flowers. Other common names include Golden Chalice Vine and Hawaiian Lily. This plant has often in the past been sold as Solandra guttata, a very similar species, also from Mexico, that has smaller flowers and pubescence on leaves and stems.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Solandra maxima.