Chalice VineMonday, November 30, 2009
I noticed this beautiful vine with huge yellow cup-shaped flowers in my mom's neighbourhood.
Those outstanding flowers gave the plant its common name, Chalice Vine. Chalice is a golden goblet or footed cup used in Catholic churches for holding sacramental wine for Holy Communion. Take note of the similarities...
The vine is woody and its leaves are very green, a little glossy and elliptical in shape. The plant originated from South America.
The older flowers are more yellow than the younger ones. It is said that they will release fragrance at night. I was there in the afternoon, that's probably why I was not aware of it.
The flower has ten lines inside...
Below are flowers that have not opened yet. Looks like a balloon, so cute :-)
This vine likes well-drained fertile soil and full sunlight to give lots of flowers. Hence a good candidate for the tropical garden. The plant is easily propagated from young-growth cuttings.
Earlier, I nearly bought this plant to grow a shrub in a container when I was at a nursery. I really like the showy flower very much. And if I have a strong fence and space like this garden, I would definitely grow this vine!