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Marmalade Bush

Get your sunglasses, because this is one bright plant!  The Marmalade Bush (Streptosolen jamesonii) is a rare bush that's smothered in cheerful flowers throughout the year.  The inch-long, trumpet-shaped blooms are a riot of colors, ranging from yellow to orange to red.  This hard-to-find ornamental happens to be easy to grow, growing 6 feet across or more if left unpruned.  Freshly picked seeds are rarely seen for sale.

Marmalade Bush

The Marmalade Bush is an evergreen, perennial bush from South America.  It has a spreading habit and can be allowed to spill over a wall or hanging planter, or pruned to a neat, upright shape.  Even without blooms it's an attractive plant, with glossy, bright green foliage that has a ribbed appearance.  The flowers appear almost all year long here in San Francisco, with the largest show from spring through autumn.  The 5-petaled blooms start out yellow or light-orange when they first open, then deepen to a darker-orange and red as they mature.  Butterflies and birds regularly visit the Marmalade Bush!

Orange Browallia

The Marmalade Bush comes from the Andes mountain range, where the climate is mild all year.  I have no information on how much heat it can take, but there are scattered reports of it growing in warm climates like Florida and Texas.  I believe it is hardy only to about 28 degrees F (-2 degrees C).  It is easily grown in a pot in well-draining soil.  It likes mostly-sunny conditions, and regular watering & feeding.  Over about 40% humidity is recommended. 
By the way, in case you're tempted to taste to the "marmalade" flowers, i don't know if they are edible.  Like its cousin, the Brugmansia, it might contain a toxin.

Streptosolen jamesonii

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