Herb latin name: Tropaeolum patagonicum


Family: Tropaeolaceae (Nasturtium Family)



Edible parts of Tropaeolum patagonicum:

Tuber - cooked. They are used like potatoes.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
15 cm
(6 inches)

Habitat of the herb:

Mud or open wet grassland, especially in seasonally dry shallow lakes, between latitudes 42 and 54┬░south.

Propagation of Tropaeolum patagonicum:

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. 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. Pot them up into individual pots and place them in light shade in a frame until they are established. Plant out in early summer.

Cultivation of the herb:

Mud or open wet grassland, especially in seasonally dry shallow lakes, between latitudes 42 and 54┬░south.

Medicinal use of Tropaeolum patagonicum:

None known

Known hazards of Tropaeolum patagonicum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.