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Canary creeper (Tropaeolum Peregrinum)

Names for this plant:

  • Scientific/Vitenskapelig Tropaeolum Peregrinum
  • English/Engelsk Canary creeper
  • Norway/Norsk Kanariblomkarse
  • Swedish/Svensk Fjärilskrasse
  • Danish/Dansk Sommerfuglekarse

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Tropaeolum peregrinum, the canary-creeper, canarybird flower, canarybird vine, or canary nasturtium, is a species of Tropaeolum native to western South America in Peru and possibly also Ecuador.

It is a climbing plant growing to 2.5 m high by scrambling over other vegetation. The leaves are 2–5 cm diameter, palmately lobed with three to seven (mostly five) lobes; they are subpeltate, with the petiole attached within the leaf (not at the edge), though near the edge. The flowers are 2–4 cm diameter, with five frilled petals, bright pale yellow (canary-coloured, hence the English name), often with red spots at the base of the petals, eight stamens, and a 12 mm nectar spur at the rear.

It is widely grown as an ornamental plant in many parts of the world.