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Tropaeolum speciosum

Flame Nasturtium, Flame Flower, Flame Creeper

Hardy Perennial

Exotic, spurred blooms in bright, vermillion red appear throughout summer in a rich explosion of colour. The vibrant blooms are followed by spherical blue fruits set against a backdrop of attractive dark green foliage. Tropaeolum speciosum is an intriguing climbing perennial that prefers a cool, sheltered position. This sought after plant creates a spectacular sight when grown through mature shrubs or scrambling over low walls. Height: 3m (10'). Spread: 1.2m (4').

Ideal For:
patio, greenhouse, conservatory, exotic garden
Flowering Period:
June, July, August, September, October
sun or semi shade
    • 2 bare root tropaeolum speciosum plants

    • Despatch:
    • £12.99
    • Out of stock
    • 4 bare root tropaeolum speciosum plants

    • Despatch:
    • £19.99
    • Out of stock
Grow Tropaeolum speciosum in a sheltered position in sun or semi shade. The Flame Flower prefers a non-alkaline, fertile, moist soil with its roots shaded from the heat of the sun. To improve moisture retention, add plenty of well rotted manure to the soil prior to planting. Support the stems on trellis or wires, or allow them to scramble through mature shrubs. In particularly cold areas grow Flame Creeper plants in a conservatory or greenhouse, or planted in patio containers that can be kept in a frost free position over winter. Use a loam based compost such as John Innes No.2.
Feed and water regularly while plants are in active growth. In autumn remove old, yellowed stems at ground level and apply deep, dry mulch such as bark chips to the crown of plants grown outdoors for winter protection. Container grown plants can be moved into a frost-free greenhouse for the winter.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

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  1. Advice sought on growing on bare root tropaeolum speciosum plants

    By Walter Turnbull 13-09-2016

    Sirs I have just ordered four bare root plants and would request your guidance on how to grow them on. i.e type of soil/compost, depth to plant, orientation of root stock, temperature required, etc these are very nice plants and not cheap! so I want to give them the best chance. Any simple and plain talking advice would be much appreciated. Regards Walter Turnbull


    Thank you for your enquiry. At your earliest convenience please contact our Customer Care Department at, one of our agents will be more than happy to advise you further. .

  2. fine in my north-facing porch

    By Dinah Dayus 24-12-2015

    I planted four sections of root in a large plastic pot, which I placed in the shadows in my north-facing porch. They were by a very draughty door indeed. beneath an old iron sewing machine base. The plants sprouted quickly, and began entwining themselves around the pattern of the ironwork. By autumn they were nearly covering it. They are only now (late December) beginning to die back a little. I recommend putting them in a bucket sized pot for the first year, for though they are perfectly hardy, they seem to delight in the cool shelter of a porch or back doorway, and will, in the first year, put on a lot of growth and roots, ready to plant out the following year. The prolific foliage supported itself better than a single plant would, as they entwined one another. I could plant them out now, but I think I'll keep them in the porch, because they look so truly amazing covering the decorative ironwork.


    Thank you very much for your review. I am very pleased that you have been happy with your purchase and thank you so much for taking the time to let us know with such detailed information. I hope we can continue to be of service to you in the future.

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