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.
9200 Tropaeolum azureum ------- Each: $15.00 Not available this year
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. FEW AVAILABLE
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: $15.0
NEW -- This lovely little Tropaeolum trails rather than climbs, and has
large white to peach flowers streaked with yellow. Very lovely.
9260 Tropaeolum tricolor - Each: $ 8.50
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: $16.00
One of the most vigorous and floriferous Bomareas we offer, with huge trusses of large
flowers. The outer petals are scarlet, the inner ones yellow to orange, heavily speckled
with maroon. Grows 10-15ft tall. VERY FEW AVAILABLE 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. Grows
5-8ft tall. NOT FOR EXPORT
5788 Bomarea patacoensis -------Not available this year
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. VERY FEW AVAILABLE
NOT FOR EXPORT
5789 Bomarea sp. 878 ------ Each: $15.00
Huge trusses of flared trumpets that are a beautiful clear red. NOT FOR EXPORT
5787 Bomarea sp. 95-4 ----- Each: $14.00 FEW AVAILABLE
Narrow umbels that are red outside, yellow inside. NOT FOR EXPORT
5783 Bomarea sp. 95-0478 ---- Each: $16.00
NEW -- This lovely Bomarea has outer petals that are red, and inner
petals that are a lovely chartreuse, deepening to yellow. NOT FOR EXPORT
Bulbs of Central and
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