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Useful Temperate Plants

Tropaeolum sessilifolium

Poepp.&Endl.

Tropaeolaceae


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General Information

Tropaeolum sessilifolium is a Perennial Climber up to 3.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

S. America - Chile.

Habitat

Rather arid mountain slopes[
247
Title
The New Plantsman. Volume 4.
Publication
 
Author
Knees. S.
Publisher
Royal Horticultural Society, London
Year
1997
ISBN
1352-4186
Description
A few articles of interest, especially Berberdopsis corallina and Tropaeolum species.
]. Open stony slopes and in sand gullies near snow patches at heights around 2,200 metres in the Andes[
260
Title
Conservatory and Indoor Plants Volumes 1 & 2
Publication
 
Author
Phillips. R. & Rix. M.
Publisher
Pan Books, London.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-330-37376-5
Description
Excellent photos of over 1,100 species and cultivars with habits and cultivation details plus a few plant uses. Many species are too tender for outdoors in Britain though there are many that can be grown outside.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial Climber
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Prefers a sunny position in a well-drained humus-rich neutral or slightly acidic loam[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to about -5°c and is usually best grown in a cold greenhouse or conservatory[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. This rather conflicts with the plants native habitat, since it grows in mountainous areas subject to snow. This should be a cold-tolerant species, adapted to a dry summer after brief spring rain and snowmelt[
260
Title
Conservatory and Indoor Plants Volumes 1 & 2
Publication
 
Author
Phillips. R. & Rix. M.
Publisher
Pan Books, London.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-330-37376-5
Description
Excellent photos of over 1,100 species and cultivars with habits and cultivation details plus a few plant uses. Many species are too tender for outdoors in Britain though there are many that can be grown outside.
]. It might be safest to lift the tubers in the autumn after the plant has been cut back by frost, store them in a cool but frost-free place over the winter and plant them out in April[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. This species is succeeding outdoors in a garden in Lanarkshire where it is being grown on a bank of sharply draining soil and under some juniper shrubs which both give it protection and act as a support for its climbing stems[
247
Title
The New Plantsman. Volume 4.
Publication
 
Author
Knees. S.
Publisher
Royal Horticultural Society, London
Year
1997
ISBN
1352-4186
Description
A few articles of interest, especially Berberdopsis corallina and Tropaeolum species.
].
The plant sets seed when grown outdoors, but a better set is obtained when the plants are grown under protection[
247
Title
The New Plantsman. Volume 4.
Publication
 
Author
Knees. S.
Publisher
Royal Horticultural Society, London
Year
1997
ISBN
1352-4186
Description
A few articles of interest, especially Berberdopsis corallina and Tropaeolum species.
].
A climbing plant, it supports itself by twisting its leaf stalks around other plants etc[
219
Title
Gardening on Walls
Publication
 
Author
Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V.
Publisher
Collins
Year
1983
ISBN
0-00-219220-0
Description
A nice little book about plants for growing against walls and a small section on plants that can grow in walls.
].
The caterpillars of the cabbage white butterfly can be a nuisance and often cause considerable damage to the leaves[
219
Title
Gardening on Walls
Publication
 
Author
Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V.
Publisher
Collins
Year
1983
ISBN
0-00-219220-0
Description
A nice little book about plants for growing against walls and a small section on plants that can grow in walls.
].

Edible Uses

Tuber - raw or cooked[
105
Title
Tanaka's Cyclopedia of Edible Plants of the World.
Publication
 
Author
Tanaka. T. & Nakao S.
Publisher
Keigaku Publishing; Tokyo
Year
1976
ISBN
-
Description
The most comprehensive list of edible plants I've come across. Only the briefest entry for each species, though, and some of the entries are more than a little dubious. Not for the casual reader.
,
177
Title
Plants for Human Consumption.
Publication
 
Author
Kunkel. G.
Publisher
Koeltz Scientific Books
Year
1984
ISBN
3874292169
Description
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of Latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
]. One of the best-flavoured tubers in this genus, it makes acceptable eating even when raw[
2
Title
Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World.
Publication
 
Author
Hedrick. U. P.
Publisher
Dover Publications
Year
1972
ISBN
0-486-20459-6
Description
Lots of entries, quite a lot of information in most entries and references.
]. The tubers are rather small[
247
Title
The New Plantsman. Volume 4.
Publication
 
Author
Knees. S.
Publisher
Royal Horticultural Society, London
Year
1997
ISBN
1352-4186
Description
A few articles of interest, especially Berberdopsis corallina and Tropaeolum species.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse. Prick the seedlings out into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. The seed normally germinates quite freely[
247
Title
The New Plantsman. Volume 4.
Publication
 
Author
Knees. S.
Publisher
Royal Horticultural Society, London
Year
1997
ISBN
1352-4186
Description
A few articles of interest, especially Berberdopsis corallina and Tropaeolum species.
].
Division of the tubers in the autumn or spring. In cold winter areas the tubers can be harvested in the autumn after top-growth has died down and they can then be stored in a cool frost-free position until planting them out in the spring.
Cuttings of basal stems in the spring[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Pot them up into individual pots and place them in light shade in a frame until they are established. Plant out in early summer.
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