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Tropaeolum polyphyllum

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to October
  • Height0.05m to 0.1m
  • Spread0.15m to 1m
  • Growth HabitSemi-trailing
  • Flower ColourYellow orange

Description

Tropaeolum polyphyllum. This is a trailing perennial with 5-lobed basal, toothed leaves. The bowl-shaped orange-yellow flowers are borne in mid summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Herbaceous

Origin

Argentina

Interest and use

Grown for their brightly coloured flowers. window boxes, bedding, edging, covering & banks. Suitable for coastal conditions. Some species are edible.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilSandy, Chalky
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They will grow in frost hardy to frost tender climates, They will prefer moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial-shade. You can propagate from seeds, cuttings or tubers in spring. They will need staking.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds, tubers or basal stem cuttings in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids and caterpillars of cabbage white butterfly and its relatives may cause problems.

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