Tropaeolums are best known to gardeners as brightly colored annuals
called Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum major) that twine and trail to fill our
gardens with color. It is not so well-known that there are perennial
Tropaeolum species that are small, rather delicate climbing vines that
grow from a tuberous rootstock. All Tropaeolums are native to
Central and South America, the ones listed here being native to dry
regions of Chile and Argentina. Many of the tuberous-rooted
Tropaeolums are not easy to grow, and need patience and experience to
succeed. For a posting on Tropaeolum, see the blog:
www.thebulbmaven.typepad.com SHIPS AUGUST-OCTOBER
9200 Tropaeolum azureum ------ Each: $15.00
NEW -- Native to Chile, this lovely Tropaeolum has bright azure blue flowers
with a white eye. Not easy this tantalizing species can stubbornly remain dormant
for a year or two at a time.
9210 Tropaeolum brachyceras ------- Each: $ 7.50
Lovely frilly bright lemon yellow flowers cover this beautiful species from Chile.
One of the easier Tropaeolums. Small blooming-size tubers.
9230 Tropaeolum hookerianum ssp. pilosum -------- Not available this year
Somewhat similar in appearance to T. brachyceras, this lovely Tropaeolum
has yellow flowers. Small blooming-size tubers.
9220 Tropaeolum hookerianum ssp. austropurpureum Each: $ 15.00
A recently described subspecies from southern Chile, this stunningly beautiful
Tropaeolum has masses of deep purple flowers. Small blooming-size tubers.
9225 Tropaeolum sessilifolium -- Each: $15.00
This lovely little Tropaeolum trails rather than climbs, and has
large white to peach flowers streaked with yellow. Very lovely.
9260 Tropaeolum tricolor - Each: $ 7.50
Occasionally available from commercial sources, this unusual species from Chile
has flowers that are bright scarlet, with the mouth of each flower banded in navy
blue and yellow. Small blooming-size tubers.
Bomareas are tuberous-rooted twining climbers found from Mexico on south through
the tropics and into the Andes as far as Patagonia. There are approximately 100
species. They are plants of the forest understorey, where they twine through adjacent
vegetation, benefiting from the light shade. The lovely flowers clearly demonstrate
their close relationship to Alstroemerias, and are produced in dense trusses at the ends
of the growing shoots. Each large flower is composed of three outer and three inner
tepals, often of contrasting colors. Under greenhouse conditions, or in mild winter
regions, these are easy plants to grow, and will reward you with profuse flowering
over a long season. All Bomareas are shipped in pots, since it is best that their roots
not be disturbed. The species offered are about one year or less from blooming.
Bomareas are extremely attractive to hummingbirds. Zones 8-10. SHIPS
YEAR-ROUND. For a posting on Bomarea see our blog:
Bomareas are shipped in pots, and can not, therefore, be exported.
5781 Bomarea acutifolia ----- Each: $ 14.00
Lovely flared trumpets that are soft orange. Costa Rica. NOT FOR EXPORT
5782 Bomarea caldasii ----------------- Each: $12.00 / 2 for $20.00
One of the most vigorous and floriferous Bomareas we offer, with huge trusses of
largeflowers. The outer petals are scarlet, the inner ones yellow to orange, heavily
speckledwith maroon. Grows 10-15ft tall. NOT FOR EXPORT
5785 Bomarea hirtella -------- Each: $12.00
Native to Mexico, this lovely Bomarea is one of the easiest, with dense clusters of
large flowers, the outer petals being dusky pink, the inner ones a beautiful
chartreuse. Grows5-8ft tall. NOT FOR EXPORT
5788 Bomarea patacoensis ------- Each: $15 Very few available
From Patagonia, and therefore hardier than the other species we offer, this
beautiful Bomarea has outer petals that are scarlet, and inner ones flecked with
crimson,emerging pale yellow, then deepening to amber. Grows 10ft tall. NOT
5786 Bomarea petraea -- Each: $15.00
NEW -- A lovely Bomarea that is shorter in stature that most of the others, only
growing to about 4ft. The flowers are orangey red on the outside, deep yellow
inside spotted with crimson.
5784 Bomarea salsilla -- Not available this year
NEW -- A smaller Bomarea ffrom dry regions of Chile, where it grows in winter,
blooming in the spring, and going dormant for the summer, unlike the other
Bomareas listed here. The flowers are a beautiful purple marked with red.
5789 Bomarea sp. 876 ------ Each: $15.00
Huge trusses of flared trumpets that are a beautiful clear red. NOT FOR EXPORT
5787 Bomarea sp. 95-4 ----- Not available this year
Narrow umbels that are red outside, yellow inside. NOT FOR EXPORT
5783 Bomarea sp. 95-0478 ---- Each: $16.00
This lovely Bomarea has outer petals that are red, and inner
petals that are a lovely chartreuse, deepening to yellow. NOT FOR EXPORT
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Bomarea sp. yellow