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Vallaris solanacea, Thai Cherry, Scented Bread Flower, Asphota, Navamallika, Dudhi ki bel, Ramsur, Chamari-ki vel, Bugudi hambu, Bhadravalli, Ginne malathi

Vallaris solanacea

Thai Cherry, Scented Bread Flower, Asphota, Navamallika, Dudhi ki bel, Ramsur, Chamari-ki vel, Bugudi hambu, Bhadravalli, Ginne malathi
Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: India, Burma, Thailand
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallVine or creeperSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Vallaris solanacea (Thai Cherry) is a woody vine or creeper native to India, Burma and Thailand. It can be grown in USDA zones 10-11 with regular water and full sun, and can reach 5-10 ft tall as a large shrub or 10-20 ft as a small tree. The plant has white and off-white flowers that are both beautiful and fragrant. These flowers are important ingredients in traditional Malay weddings and also attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

For those living in colder regions, Vallaris solanacea can still be enjoyed by planting it in a pot and bringing it indoors. The plant will continue to bloom on and off during the spring and summer. When the weather turns cold, it should be moved indoors as it is relatively cold-hardy and can survive temperatures as low as 30F for short periods of time.

In addition to its graceful beauty, Vallaris solanacea also brings life and color to living spaces. It has a vining habit and is closely related to Vallaris glabra . The stems are covered with a gray, spotted bark and emit a white latex when wounded. The flowers are white, fragrant and bowl-shaped, with 5 sepals and resemble cherry flowers. They have an intense, interesting fragrance similar to Pandan leaves , which are used to flavor rice in some South-East Asian countries.

Vallaris solanacea can be trained as a compact bush or trimmed into a shrub. However, it is best to let it grow naturally as the twisting branches form interesting shapes. It is a slow-growing plant that blooms profusely on and off during spring and summer. It is also attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.


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Vallaris solanacea - Thai Cherry Vine

Thai Cherry, Scented Bread Flower, Asphota. This plant is a woody shrub with vining habit, close related to Vallaris glabra and Wrightia sp. Fragrant flowers resemble cherry flowers. They have an intense, interesting fragrance. The smell is said to be close to that of Pandan leaves, a relative of Kewda, which is used to flavor rice in some South-East Asian countries. An essential ingredient of the bunga rampai, the decorated arrangement of finely sliced, fragrant leaves used for Malay weddings. Can be trained as a compact bush and is good for container culture.
The plant can be trained into a nice small tree or trimmed into a shrub, but the best way is to let it go: the twisting branches form weird shapes. Slow growing plant, makes compact forms. The plant blooms profusely on and off during spring and summer. Relatively cold tolerant, will stand short period of cool weather. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

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Grown in
10"/3 gal pot