Tropaeolum peregrinum L.

Frost-tender, strong-growing, annual climber with 5-lobed leaves and hook-spurred, bright yellow flowers, resembling tiny birds wings, from summer to autumn.  To 4m.  [RHSE, Hortus]. 

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘It is a tender annual and a great climber; has not, that we known of, hitherto succeeded in the open air, but will probably, like the Marvel of Peru, become accustomed to the climate after a few generations, if ripe seeds shall be produced here.’  [BM t.1351/1811].  According to Don Tropaeolum aduncum was introduced to Britain in 1775, the date given for T. peregrinum by Paxton’s Dictionary.  BR f.718/1823.  ABR pl.597/1810. 

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [B.437/1850]. 


Published Jan 22, 2009 - 11:32 AM | Last updated Aug 01, 2010 - 02:59 PM

The image shows a creeper with 5-lobed leaves and bright yellow flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1351, 1811.

Tropaeolum peregrinum L. | BM t.1351/1811 | BHL

More details about Tropaeolum peregrinum L.
Family Tropaeoleaceae
Region of origin

South America

  • Tropaeolum aduncum Sm.
  • Tropaeolum canariense Hort. ex Lindl. & Moore
  • Tropaeolum polyphyllum Cav.
  • Tropaeolum smithii DC. 

Common Name

Canary creeper

Name in the Camden Park Record

Tropaeolum aduncum 

Confidence level high