In summer, at the tips of the branches, Streptosolen produces plentiful clusters of bright orange and yellow, tubular, flared flowers, which give it its other common name of fire bush.
A scrambling shrub, with ovate, deep green, rather wrinkled leaves, it can be grown as a trailer, but is probably best in a sunroom or greenhouse where it can be trained against a wall.
FACT FILE Streptosolen Jamesonii Plant [Marmalade bush]
ORIGIN Colombia; Ecuador; Peru.
HEIGHT To 6ft/1.8m.
POTTING MIX Soil-based.
REPOTTING Repot after flowering or top-dress a large plant.
PROPAGATION Take stem cuttings in late spring-i' or early summer.
KEEPING PLANTS Cut back the stems of old plants by half in late winter. Pinch off growing tips to promote bushiness.