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Tropaeolum speciosum

Scottish flame flower

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  • Tropaeolum speciosum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Tropaeolum speciosum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Height2m to 3m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourRed

Description

Tropaeolum speciosum (Scottish flame flower). This is a herbaceous perennial climber with slender stems reaching about 3m, which produces tuberous rhizomes and attractive bright green foliage composed of 6 oval leaflets. The flowers are crimson red and borne in the summer, followed by blue fruit that sit in bright red calyces.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Deciduous, Vine

Origin

Chile

Interest and use

Climbing

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Humus-rich, Chalky
  • Soil pH5.0 to 6.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are fully, frost hardy to frost tender. They will prefer moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial-shade. They will need staking or support such as a trellis or some netting.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds, cuttings or tubers in spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

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

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