Botanical Name: Tropaeolum speciosum
Common Name: Scottish Flame Flower
Category: Half Hardy Climber
Seed Count: 5
Tropaeolum speciosum – This fabulous Chilean native is a member of the nasturtium family. Unlike its common relative, this rare herbaceous climbing perennial dies back in winter and re emerges each spring. The fiery-red long spurred flowers will smother a small structure or fence or is great for planting under evergreen shrubs to allow to scramble through. Little round bright blue fruits follow the flowers to add to the display. A woodland plant this enjoys plenty of humus and leaf mould when planted out, a moist, shaded position is preferable although will tolerate some sun. 3m x3m.
Tropaeolum seed can be sown at any time. Sow seed into good quality compost or seed raising mix. Cover with river sand or compost to seeds own depth. Moist seed tray can be placed in fridge at 4 degrees C in a plastic bag for 4 – 6 weeks then kept at on gentle heat of 15-20 degrees C. Germination may take 8 to 10 weeks. Transplant seedlings into deep 3 inch pots (Olive Pots) to grow on before finally planting with climbing support in a moist, well drained shaded spot or very large pot.