Variegated Cup of Gold Vine 'Variegata'

Solandra maxima

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solandra (so-LAN-druh) (Info)
Species: maxima (MAKS-ih-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


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USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter




Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hayward, California

Lompoc, California

San Leandro, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Lake Worth, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Titusville, Florida

Spring, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 30, 2013, jenya99574 from Cordova, AK wrote:

I have this vine on a house in Mexico. I wonder about the comment that all parts of the plant are poisonous. I have been told that the flowers used in making a tea are very good for a cough. Indeed have seen many people picking them and one of the newspapers posted a story and a recipe for cough relief. Various Solandra have been and still are used for their hallucinogenic properties; poisonous is is not.


On Jan 2, 2012, FlaFlower from Titusville, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have had this vine for 2+ years now, I transplanted it the first year from a 1 gallon to a 3 gallon and then to a 5 gallon the root system is quite large and the vine it's self is very tidy at least in my area doesn't seem to get out of bounds . This year as we are getting our first good cold snap (below 40) as I am getting my first good round of flowers set... yes, I panicked and brought the plant in the house...looks huge in here. I can't wait for flowers so it is all worth it...yea!!!


On Nov 26, 2005, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I have had mine for years now and it doesnt seem to be the fast grower as advertised.Slow and lanky and very attractive to snails and slugs. It does have an unusual coloration for a vine.And i have seen large ones so they do get to be some size-just not anywhere near as large as the regular gold vine.