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Canary Creeper

Annual Flower, Vine

Also known as Canary Vine
Tropaeolum peregrinum
Tropaeolaceae Family
Synonym: Tropaeolum aduncun, Tropaeolum canariense

You can let Canary Creeper spread over the ground on its own, ramble up a trellis, or scramble over shrubs and around other plants. It owes its common name to its showy yellow flowers with deeply fringed petals that resemble the wings of a canary in flight. Prefers warm, dry conditions.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun

Soil conditions:

  • tolerates droughty soil
  • requires well-drained soil
  • tolerates low fertility
Prefers poor, sandy soil. Overly rich soil deters flowering.

Special locations:

  • outdoor containers
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: annual

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 8 to 12 feet

If grown supported by a trellis.

Spread: 8 to 12 feet

If allowed to spread over the ground.

Bloom time:

  • early summer
  • mid-summer
  • late summer
  • early fall
  • mid-fall

Flower color: yellow

Foliage color: medium green

Foliage texture: medium

Leaves are lobed and hand-like.

Shape: climbing / vine

Shape in flower: same as above

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • non-aggressive
  • non-invasive
  • not native to North America - Native to Mexico and Central and South America.
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by seed - Plant seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost date. Direct seed outside after danger of frost is passed.

Germination temperature: 55 F to 65 F

Days to emergence: 7 to 10

Maintenance and care:
Train onto supports or plant where other plants can support it.

More growing information: How to Grow Annuals

Spider mites
Tarnished plant bug
Bacterial leaf spot
Bacterial wilt
Fungal leaf spot