Variegated Cup of Gold Vine, Variegated Golden Chalice Vine, Chalice Vine, Hawaiian Lily

A large, woody, evergreen vine that can spread to 40’ with medium green, white variegated leaves that are purple when first emerging turning white with age. Flowers are 6-8” long, wide flaring golden trumpet-shaped with purple stripes on the inside of the petals – blooms throughout the year in South Florida. Flowers age darker and are fragrant, particularly in the evening, with a sweetish vanilla-like aroma.

Solandra maxima tolerates Oceanside conditions. Plant in full sun and water regularly. Hardy to around 28° F with some frost damage in prolonged sub 32° F temperatures, but bounces back readily.This plant is native Mexico to Colombia and Venezuela. The genus was named to honor 18th century Swedish botanist, Daniel Carl Solander (1736-1786). The specific epithet is from the Latin word “maximus” meaning large in reference to this species’ large flowers. Other common names include Variegated Cup of Gold Vine, Variegated Golden Chalice Vine, Chalice Vine, Hawaiian Lily.

Plant Facts:

Common Name:   Variegated Cup of Gold Vine, Variegated Golden Chalice Vine, Chalice Vine, Hawaiian Lily

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Botanical Name:   Solandra maxima ‘Variegata’

Family:  Solanaceae

Plant Type:  Woody Vine

Origin: Mexico to Colombia and Venezuela

Zones: 8 – 11

Height: to 40’

Rate of Growth: Fast, moderately dense climber

Salt Tolerance: Good

Soil Requirements:  Moderately rich humus based, moist, but well drained

Water Requirements: Medium drought tolerance

Nutritional Requirements: Fertilize monthly

Light Requirements: Full sun

Form:  Huge, aggressive vine

Leaves: Elliptic 6″ long, medium green, white variegation. Young leaves accented with purple turning white.

Flowers: Trumpet shaped, golden yellow, 6-8” long with purple veins. Blooms year-round in South Florida. Night scented.

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Pests or diseases:  Spider mites and scale insects.

Uses:  Great for grand pergolas, arches, and walls. Be sure that they are sturdy enough to support this vine.

Bad Habits: Toxic hallucinogenic when consumed. Like Datura, plant parts contain tropane alkaloids: hyoscyamine , scopolamine, nortropine, tropine, cuscohygrine and other bases.

Cost: Reasonable $$ Propagation:  Seed and semi-ripe cuttings

Sources: LANDSCAPE PLANTS FOR SOUTH FLORIDA, A MANUAL FOR GARDENERS, LANDSCAPERS & HOMEOWNERSAMERICAN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY A-Z ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GARDEN PLANTSPLANTS OF THE GODS: THEIR SACRED, HEALING AND HALLUCINOGENIC POWERS

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