Nasturtium
Tropaeolum lepidum

Family: Tropaeolaceae
Genus: Tropaeolum (tro-PEE-oh-lum) (Info)
Species: lepidum (LEP-id-um) (Info)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

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

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

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Rose/Mauve

Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Mar 7, 2005, DORA777 from Osaka
Japan (Zone 9b) wrote:

I got the first seeds from 'Plant World Seed'(UK) in 2000.
They said "It has been suggested that this is a form of the equally rare T. hookerianum subsp. austropurpureum." in their online catalog of 2005. The truth is that it's not clear about their origin.

I always sow the seeds in September and they begin to germinate in October. Germination is erratic, but new seeds clearly germinate faster than old ones.
They grow during winter, and bloom in February or March.

At the first year some plants produce tuber(s). As the same way, you can grow them from tuber. Watering them in September, they may wake up and start growing, and you can see a plenty of wonderful flowers next year.

Once you can succeed their germinating, it's easy to ... read more