Creamy Dreamy Cups of Kaleidoscopic Kool

|Solandra longiflora bloom detail|

|Solandra longiflora bloom detail|

Look closer.  Something about those lines makes me want to fall inside and be swept away into the karmic beauty and cool kaleidoscopic vibe of Solandra longiflora's bloom.  Solandra longiflora also known as the Chalice-Vine or Cup-Of-Gold Vine is a tropical tantalizer coming to us from Cuba, Jamaica, The Dominican Republic, and Haiti.  I've seen this climbing vine trumpeting its beauty around parts of California and Florida.  A lot of you may or may not be familiar with its sister vine, Solandra maxima.  She, Solandra maxima, is like that older sister who wears the flashy clothes, is kind of loud, and goes a little too heavy on the make-up.  Solandra longiflora, on the other hand, is a bit more understated and refined.  She seems to have her act together.  She carries herself in a sophisticated manner and looks a bit more au natural.

|Solandra longiflora detail|

|Solandra longiflora detail|

Solandra longiflora is an evergreen vine with woody stems neatly outfitted in rich glossy green foliage with pleasantly purple petioles.  In the cool months of hot climates, this vine produces an abundance of creamy white blooms that age to gold.  Inside of the night fragrant, goblet-like trumpets are pinstriped purple lines that create an elegant allure.  This vine appears to have a tighter, neater, rambling look compared to its sister, Solandra maxima.  Vines can grow up to 30 feet.  All they want to thrive is full sun, well-draining, fertile soil, and temps that go no lower than 25 to 30 degrees.  So, if you're looking to add a taste of the tropics to your situation check out Solandra longiflora and let it enchant you with its own exotica.