Botanical Name: Tropaeolum peregrinum
Common Name: Canary Bird Vine
Category: Hardy Bulb
Seed Count: 15
Tropaeolum peregrinum, Canary Bird Vine: Native to South America, this annual or perennial climber grows vigorously to 2.5m high. This unusual climber does not strangle its host. The deeply divided leaves resemble fingers of a hands and are completely edible. The bright canary yellow, fragrant flowers resemble a bird in flight which is definitely a talking piece in the garden all through summer and autumn. These attract birds, bees and butterflies. Enjoys full sun to part shade and needs some moisture over the growth period. Self seeds. 2.5m H. x 1m W.
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 placd 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.