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PlantFiles: Climbing Nasturtium
Tropaeolum ciliatum

Family: Tropaeolaceae
Genus: Tropaeolum (tro-PEE-oh-lum) (Info)
Species: ciliatum (sil-ee-ATE-um) (Info)

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Vines and Climbers

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral gpmichael On Apr 1, 2004, gpmichael wrote:

I have been growing this plant from seed 4 year ago.
It seems to be quite hardy (it tolerates temperatures
down to -10 C , when it is kept quite dry), but i have never seen flowers at any time.
I think it grows best in light shade and with the opportunity to climb.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Grand Haven, Michigan

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