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Tropaeolum Azureum – a perennial that belongs to the family Tropaeolaceae.

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Tropaeolum Azureum is a perennial that belongs to the family Tropaeolaceae.
• It is also known as Blue Nasturtium.
• It is a half hardy climber.
• The flower is of cobalt blue color and hence the name.
• It has 5 petals.
• It can grow up to a height of 100m.
• The leaf axils are delicate.
• They have attractively lobed leaves.
• This climber is one of the ultimate alpine house plants.
• The germination of this plant is at 15 to 20 degrees C.

Uses of Tropaeolum Azureum

• All parts are edible.
• The flower has most often been consumed.
• This makes for an especially ornamental salad ingredient.
• It has a slightly peppery taste.
• It is also used in stir fry.
• They have been used in herbal medicine.
• It is known for their antiseptic and expectorant qualities.
• They are said to be good for a chest cold.
• They promote well being by the formation of new blood cells.
• It is also used for respiratory and urinary tract infections.

Scientific classification for Tropaeolum Azureum

• Kingdom: Plantae
• (unranked): Angiosperms
• (unranked): Eudicots
• (unranked): Rosids
• Order: Brassicales
• Family: Tropaeolaceae
• Genus: Tropaeolum
• Species: T. azureum

Growing/Caring conditions for Tropaeolum Azureum

• Select a sunny spot.
• Nasturtiums or Tropaeolum Azureum thrive in spots where at least six hours of the day of sunshine is available.
• Nasturtiums or Tropaeolum Azureum will not produce well with less sunshine.
• Sow the nasturtium or Tropaeolum Azureum seeds directly into the ground.
• Nasturtiums or Tropaeolum Azureum don’t grow well as transplants.
• They often die from transplant shock.
• It’s best to sow them directly into the ground.
• Sow them once the chance of frost has passed.
• Keep the nasturtiums or Tropaeolum Azureum well watered.
• Nasturtiums or Tropaeolum Azureum were originally grown in subtropical regions.
• Water the nasturtiums or Tropaeolum Azureum frequently, especially in hotter months.
• Don’t let them dry out too much.
• Deadhead the flowers often for more blooms.
• Picking the blooms frequently helps the nasturtium plant produce more blooms throughout its life span.
• Choose flowers and leaves that have no visible signs of infestation.
• They can be used to add to salads and other dishes.
• Aphids are a big problem with nasturtiums or Tropaeolum Azureum.
• Add a trellis to help support the vining habit of nasturtiums or Tropaeolum Azureum.
• Keep nasturtiums or Tropaeolum Azureum away from plants that might be affected by aphids.
• Nasturtiums or Tropaeolum Azureum prefer sandy soil.
• They will grow in any well-drained area.
• Sow the seeds about 1/2 inch deep in moist soil.
• They should be spaced about 2 to 3 inches apart.
• They can grow in full sun or partial shade.
• The seeds will grow 4 months after planting.

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