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Tropaeolum tuberosum

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Height2m to 4m
  • Spread0.4m
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourPurple yellow, orange-red
  • Leaf ColourGrey-green

Description

Tropaeolum tuberosum. This is a perennial climber, which has large, purple-marbled yellow tubers and greyish green leaves. The flowers are cup-shaped with orange-red sepals and deep yellow petals with brown veins which are produced from mid-summer to mid autumn.

Characteristics

Perennial, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

Peru

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

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Low salinity, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

They will grow in fully, 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.

Propagation

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

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for aphids and cabbage moth caterpillars.

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