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Scottish Flame Flower

Tropaeolum speciosum

Also known as

Flame Creeper, Flame Flower, Flame Indian Cress, Flame Nasturtium, Canary creeper

Tropaeolum speciosum by Scott Zona (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

1m

2.5m

Min

50cm

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Scottish Flame Flower Overview

This slender climber from Chile can grow to 3m high. It's round leaves are composed of 5 to 7 obovate leaflets. In summer and early autumn it produces 2cm wide bright red scarlet flowers with long spurs. These develop into indigo blue berries.

Common problems with Scottish Flame Flower

Can be attacked by caterpillars, flea beetles and blackfly. It can also suffer from a virus.

How to harvest Scottish Flame Flower

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Scottish Flame Flower

Seed

Division

Cuttings

You can propagate from seeds, cuttings or tubers in spring.

Tubers

Special features of Scottish Flame Flower

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Other uses of Scottish Flame Flower

Plant in wall side borders

Autumn Flowering Bulbs

Flowering in autumn these bulbs give a beautiful display.

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Perfect to cover unsightly walls or to grow as shelter to seating areas; these will all create talking points.

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