Herb latin name: Tropaeolum sessilifolium


Family: Tropaeolaceae (Nasturtium Family)



Edible parts of Tropaeolum sessilifolium:

Tuber - raw or cooked. One of the best-flavoured tubers in this genus, it makes acceptable eating even when raw. The tubers are rather small.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial Climber


Height:
3 m
(9 3/4 foot)

Flowering:
April
to May

Habitat of the herb:

Rather arid mountain slopes. Open stony slopes and in sand gullies near snow patches at heights around 2,200 metres in the Andes.

Propagation of Tropaeolum sessilifolium:

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. 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:

Rather arid mountain slopes. Open stony slopes and in sand gullies near snow patches at heights around 2,200 metres in the Andes.

Medicinal use of Tropaeolum sessilifolium:

None known

Known hazards of Tropaeolum sessilifolium:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.