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Products > Solandra maxima 'Variegata'
Solandra maxima 'Variegata' - Variegated Cup of Gold Vine

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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 'Variegata' (Variegated Cup of Gold Vine) - A large, evergreen vine that can spread to 40 feet with white variegation on the leaves that are purple when first emerging and the flowers also have purple petioles. As with the species < href="plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=1508" target="_blank">Solandra maxima, which we also grow, the 6-8 inches wide flowers are wide flaring golden trumpet-shaped with brown stripes on the inside of the petals - 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 sun and water regularly. Hardy to around 28 F with some frost damage in prolonged sub 32 F temperatures - new growth was frozen back on this plant from the night we dropped to 27 F in the January 2013 freeze. This plant is native to Mexico and Central America. 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.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Solandra maxima 'Variegata'.