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Evergreen shrub native to Central America with exotic bright orange flowers. The calyx is much larger than the corolla, so its flowers are ornamental even when they are still in bud. It has a climbing habit, so it can be used both as a bush and on a trellis.
Juanulloa accepts light frosts and can be tried outdoors in warmer Mediterranean climates.




It is a woody vine or shrub, it can grow over 1 m in height.


Foliage: The leaves are elliptical to oval and about 6 to 22 cm long. The leaf margin is entire and both the base and the apex are sharply rounded. The upper surface is hairless, while the underside is hairy, which are arranged in a star shape.


Flowers: The flower is tubular (about 4 to 4.5 cm long), orange in color and carried in a cluster. The calyx is tubular, 5-angled, grooved and orange. The corolla is slightly longer than the calyx, projecting and widening upwards with 5 short, rounded segments.


Cultivation: Plant in moist, well-draining soil, the plant does best in full sun, but can tolerate partial shade conditions.


Etymology:  The genus Juanulloa honors two 18th century Spanish scientists and explorers of South America – Jorge Juan y Santacilia and Antonia de Ulloa. The specific epithet Mexican is derived from the Latin word “mexicana”, which means Mexico, in reference to the country where the type species was collected and aurantiaca means orange.

It is often sold as the golden finger plant.


Juanulloa aurantiaca

SKU: P0415
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