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Tropaeolum Speciosum – a perennial plant belonging to the Tropaeolaceae family.

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Tropaeolum Speciosum is also known as the flame flower. It is a perennial plant belonging to the Tropaeolaceae family.

Overview of Tropaeolum Speciosum

• It is endemic to Chile.
• It is known locally as coralito, quintralito or voqui.
• The flame flower is hardy.
• It is a herbaceous perennial plant.
• It has a wiry stem.
• It can grow up to a height of 3 meters (9.8 ft).
• It climbs through or over other plants to a sunlit position.
• With sun it flowers profusely.
• The leaves are palmately lobed.
• It has five to seven ob-ovate leaflets.
• The flowers are funnel-shaped.
• They grow on long stalks from the leaf axils.

Uses of Tropaeolum Speciosum

• 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.
• The flowers contain about 130 milligrams (2.0 gr) vitamin C per 100 grams (3.5 oz).
• Nasturtiums 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 of Tropaeolum Speciosum

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

Growing/Caring conditions for Tropaeolum Speciosum

• Select a sunny spot.
• Tropaeolum thrive in spots where at least six hours of the day of sunshine is available.
• Tropaeolum will not produce well with less sunshine.
• Sow the Tropaeolum seeds directly into the ground.
• Tropaeolum 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 TTropaeolum well watered.
• Tropaeolum were originally grown in subtropical regions.
• Water the Tropaeolum 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 Tropaeolum.
• Add a trellis to help support the vining habit of Tropaeolum.
• Keep Tropaeolum away from plants that might be affected by aphids.
• Tropaeolum 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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