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I need a midweek exhale…How about a Cup of Gold?

One of those weeks?

I could use a midweek exhale…time to set the restart button…change of focus…

Cup of Gold, tropical plant native to Mexico

Cup of Gold, tropical plant native to Mexico

I had never seen a Solandra maxima before our January trip to Santa Barbara.

 A real show-stopper, don’t you think?

Solandra maxima

Solandra maxima

Vivid yellow with purple veins, this gorgeous vine can grow up to 200 feet long.

I found this specimen at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History–blooming in January! Beautiful!

Courtyard at Museum of Natural History Santa Barbara

Unfortunately this beauty seems to come with some warnings…

Cup of Gold Bud

 The vine is so strong it can choke another tree, so recommendations include destroying it if found in the wild.

Flowers will last a few days in water

Flowers will last a few days in water

Oh, and by the way? The entire plant is poisonous.

I still think I want one.