Streptosolen jamesonii

Marmalade bush

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Plant type

Conservatory climber

Flower colour






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photo by Friedrich Strauss, copyright GAP Photos (127807)

Plant details

Colourful is an understatement when describing this South American shrub, for its orange flowers are almost shocking in their intensity. Although the main flowering season is from late spring to late summer, the vibrant orange flowers, in large terminal heads up to 20cm (8in) long, may appear for longer in warm well-lit positions. It is a plant for greenhouses and conservatories, either in pots or a soil border for training upwards as a semi-climbing bush, or in a large hanging basket when the slender stems can be allowed to trail. This was formerly known as Browallia jamesonii. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Solanaceae

Genus: Streptosolen

Species: jamesonii

Plant type: Conservatory climber

Flower colour: Orange

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 250cm

Spread: 200cm

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