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Products > Streptosolen jamesonii
 
Streptosolen jamesonii - Marmalade Bush
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Solanaceae (Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers)
Origin: Colombia (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Synonyms: [Browalia jamesonii]
Height: 4-8 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Streptosolen jamesonii (Marmalade Bush) - An evergreen rambling, shrub that without support will grow 4-6 feet tall and wide; with support it can reach 15 feet. It has oval-shaped 1 inch long leaves with a wrinkled appearance that densly clothe the sprawling branches and a bountiful display of orange, bell-shaped flowers bloom at the terminal ends of the branches from spring to fall. The flowers emerge a yellow orange and age to deep orange red which gives the plant the multicolored look that reminds one of Marmalade. Best in full sun or part shade with regular watering. Only hardy to around 30 F so is best in frost free gardens or where it can be protected from frost. Plants that freeze back often will reprout and grow back to full size within a season. A monotypic species native to open woodlands of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. The name is from the Greek words 'streptos' for "twisted" and 'solon' for "tube" in reference to the shape of the floral tube. The specific epithet honors a Dr. Jameson. It has long been a favorite greenhouse plant but can also be planted outdoors in most of coastal California south of San Francisco.  This information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Streptosolen jamesonii.