When in Spain last year, I found this spectacular scrambling shrub running all along the wall of a house and was astonished at the 10" long and 7" wide chalice-shaped golden yellow flowers, which turn deeper gold with age.
It has taken me a long time to discover its name. The house owner told me all about it....in Spanish. It is also known as Cup Of Gold or Hawaiian Lily, and is a thick-stemmed tropical Liana, a vigorous and rampant grower which requires plenty of space and a strong support. Its thick and woody ropelike stems can run for more than 200ft, scrambling over everything in its way.
The 5 lobes of the corolla are reflexed, and each lobe is marked with a narrow purplish brown ridge on the inside. They are fragrant, with a scent reminiscent of coconut.
There are 8 species of chalice vines, but this one, Solandra Maxima
, is the most common. They are related to Angel Trumpets (another lovely name), and like them, have hallucinogenic properties, but beware because they are also poisonous.
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