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Canary creeper

Tropaeolum peregrinum

This annual or perennial climber grows vigorously, yet does not strangle its host. Its edible leaves are deeply divided like the fingers of a hand, and its bright yellow flowers are outrageously formed: The larger, upper petals are deeply fringed and look like tiny birds’ wings; the smaller, lower petals are spurred. It blooms in summer and autumn and can climb up to 12 feet.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThese tender perennials are native to South America.

CareGrow in moist, well-drained soil in full sun.

PropagationSow fresh seeds in a cold frame.

ProblemsCaterpillars, flea beetles, black aphids, slugs, whiteflies, viruses.

  • Genus : Tropaeolum
  • Zones : 10, 9
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Early Summer, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Self Seeds, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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