Canary Creeper Flowers: How To Grow Canary Creeper Vines

Canary creeper plant (Tropaeolum peregrinum) is an annual vine that is native to South America but very popular in American gardens. Despite the slow-growing implications of its common name, it grows at a truly fast pace, quickly reaching 12 feet or more. If you are interested in growing canary creeper, you’ll need to learn something about the vine. Read on for some tips on how to grow canary creeper vines.

About Canary Creeper Vines

The canary creeper plant is one pretty vine and a cousin of nasturtium. It has deeply lobed leaves a minty shade of green, and brilliant yellow flowers. The canary creeper flowers grow two big petals above and three smaller ones below. The upper petals look like the wings of tiny yellow birds, giving the plant its common name. The lower petals are spurred.

The canary creeper flowers make their appearance in spring and continue to bloom and expand all summer long as long as the plant gets adequate water. Canary creeper vine works equally well shooting up a trellis or covering a slope.

Growing Canary Creeper

Learning how to grow canary creeper vines is easy. You can plant the seeds in almost any well-draining soil. In fact, you’ll do better growing canary creeper in poor, dry soils than rich, fertile area.

If you are in a hurry, you can plant the seeds in containers indoors. Start four to six weeks before the last frost. After all danger of frost is passed, you can plant the seeds directly in the garden beds.

When you plant outside, be sure to select a site with part sun, part shade. If possible, choose a spot where the vine is protected from intense midday sun. Canary creeper vine tolerates shade as long as it is in a spot that gets bright light.

Perhaps the most difficult part about learning how to grow canary creeper vines is deciding where to plant them. Canary creeper plants are versatile vines that will quickly climb a trellis or arbor, decorate a fence top or flow gracefully from a hanging basket. The vine climbs by using twining petioles, which are touch-sensitive, or thigmotropic. This means that canary creeper vine can even climb a tree without doing any damage to it.

Nasturtium Seeds – Tropaeolum Peregrinum Canary Creeper Flower Seed

Flower Specifications

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 9 – 10

Height: 78 – 144 inches

Bloom Season: Summer to fall

Bloom Color: Yellow

Environment: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Type: Moist, neutral to acidic, fertile well drained soil

Planting Directions

Temperature: 70F

Average Germ Time: 7 – 14 days

Light Required: No – needs darkness for germination

Depth: Cover seed 1/4 inch

Sowing Rate: 1 – 2 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 36 – 48 inches

Care & Maintenance: Nasturtium

Canary Creeper Nasturtium (Tropaeolum Peregrinum) – Start nasturtium seeds and grow this exotic vine that is from the Canary Islands. Known as Canary Creeper Vine or Canary Bird Vine, this beautiful and delicate vine will climb a structure. Provide a string, and it will climb a fence or porch railing nicely. The Canary Creeper flower resembles the feather wings of a canary. Nasturtium Canary Vine adds an exotic look to the landscape. Canary Creeper is normally treated as an annual in zone 8; however during mild years, it does winter over. As long as there is not a hard frost, Canary Creeper will grow as a perennial climbing vine.

Canary Creeper seeds should be soaked in water overnight to help break down the tough outer seed coat. Sow the Nasturium seeds directly outside and cover the flower seed 1/4 inch with soil. Canary Creeper care includes watering deeply, but letting the roots dry out in-between waterings. There is no need to either fertilize or deadhead the vine. The Canary Bird flowers, young leaves, and fruit are edible and, like its cousin the nasturtium, has the same peppery taste.

Crotalaria agatiflora (Canary Bird Bush) – An evergreen shrub characterized by flowers that look like a family of green canaries perching on a branch. With ample water and room this shrub can grow to 12 feet tall by an equal width but is more often seen much smaller and where grown without summer irrigation is often only 4 to 5 feet tall. It has gray-green trifoliate leaves with each of the elliptic leaflets 1 to 3 inches long. In spring until fall appear the terminal inflorescences, sometimes nearly two feet long, bearing 1 ½ to 2 inch long flowers with chartreuse colored flowers and gray-purple calyces that really do look birds attached to the stem by their beaks. Plant in full sun or part shade, water regularly to very little. Tips freeze at around 27° F but the woody parts are to 20-25 degrees F. Flowering diminishes in hot inland valleys in summer but resumes in fall. Its rangy open habit can be contained and neatened by pruning one or more times during the warmer months and this also encourages re-bloom. Canary Bird Bush is native to tropical eastern Africa from southern Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya. The name derives from the Latin ‘Crotalus’ (which originated from the Greek word ‘krotalon’ or ???ta??? which means “rattle” or “castanet” for the seed pods which rattle in the wind when dry. This root word is also used for genus name Crotalus for rattlesnakes. The specific epithet comes from the flowers resemblance to a plant once called Agati grandiflora, that is now Sesbania grandiflora. Besides Canary Bird Bush other common names include bird flower, Queensland birdflower (so called in Australia when it is not native) rattlebox or rattlepod. We have grown this interesting and attractive plant off and on since 1983. We have seen Crotalaria retusa, which is commonly called Rattleweed sometimes being sold in California incorrectly as Crotalaria agatiflora The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery’s garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Crotalaria agatiflora.

Canary bird bush (Crotalaria agatiflora)

The canary bird bush or birdflower (Crotalaria agatiflora) is a species in the genus Crotalaria (rattlebox).

The evergreen shrub or small tree is mostly 1 – 3 m high. The intricate 1,5 – 2 cm long flowers on a long flower spike are lemon-yellow or greenish-yellow, with a projecting greenish or purple beak. The claw shaped flowers resemble canary birds sitting on a branch, hence the common name. Blooms from spring to fall.

The canary bird bush is native to East Africa (Tanzania and Kenya). The species is naturalised near habitation in South Africa. It is invasive also in Australia (New South Whales, Queensland), in Hawaii, in New Zealand and in South America (Colombia).

This picture was taken in “De Passiflorahoeve” (Passieflorafarm) in Harskamp, the Netherlands.

Het kanariebosje (Crotalaria agatiflora) is een tot 3 meter hoog groenblijvende struik of kleine boom.

De gecompliceerde 1,5 à 2 cm lange bloempjes op een bloemsteel zijn citroen-geel of groen-geel, met een uitstekende groene of paarse “snavel”. Het lijken net kanaries op een tak, vandaar de naam: kanariebosje. De plant bloeit in oost Afrika van de lente tot ver in de herfst, maar hier in Nederland van juli tot september.

Het kanariebosje is inheems in oost Afrika (Tanzania en Kenia). De soort is ingevoerd in Zuid-Afrika, en ook in delen van Australië, Hawaï, Nieuw Zeeland en in Zuid-Amerika (Colombia).

Deze foto is gemaakt op het terras van zorgboerderij De Passiflorahoeve bij Harskamp op de Veluwe tussen Ede en Apeldoorn. Info:

Yellow Canary

Description: Over the centuries, Yellow canaries have been a popular birds among bird enthusiasts. They have attractive yellow feathers, are great singers, and naturally friendly – which are the very reasons why they are also great to keep as pets. Who wouldn’t be enticed to keep a pet yellow canary? Your boring days would be gone as soon as you hear them sing. Their harmonious and melodious singing would keep you entertained. Caring for a pet canary would definitely bring you immeasurable joy, unparalleled companionship and lots of satisfaction.

Geography: Yellow Canaries (Serinus flaviventrisare) are resident breeders in much of the western and central regions of southern Africa and has been introduced to Ascension and St Helena islands. These small songbirds in the finch family originated from the Macaronesian Islands, including the Canary Islands.

Song / Call: Though female canaries are also capable of singing (but not that often), male canaries are undoubtedly the better singers.

Size / Weight: 13cm (5.1″)

Sexing: Monomorphic (visually difficult to sex). DNA testing is available to ensure desired gender.

Temperament: A Yellow Canary makes a fun pet for the right family. While these birds are colorful and active and the males are pleasantly vocal, they are not “hands-on” pets. They are too small, fast, and nervous to be handled. However, if you enjoy watching birds and listening to their interesting sounds, a canary is likely the perfect pet for you. Canaries are the “lone wolves” of the bird world; they actually prefer to be alone. Yellow Canaries are extremely territorial, especially the males, and will squabble with and even injure other birds in their territories. Even male/female pairs will fight outside of breeding season. Bird cages play an important role in the health of your pet. As for canaries, they want a very big cage since they love to fly. Having a big cage would also keep their health in check because flying is equivalent to exercising.

Breeding: Breeding canaries requires some advance planning, specialized equipment, specific food, and luck. Breeding these birds the proper way is important because it ensures a stress-free environment for them, as well as a greater chance of producing offspring.

Lifespan: A pet canary can live approximately 15 years. A canary’s lifespan depends on its gender, level of care, breeding activity and basic safety practices. Male canaries tend to live longer than female canaries. Female canaries used for regular breeding usually live only about six years.

Diet: Canary Seed Mix, Australian Blend Goldenfeast, Jalapeno peppers also promote a healthy blood circulation and keeps the weight of your pet bird in check, as they are rich in vitamins A and C. Also greens such as spinach, collard greens, broccoli, cucumbers, squash, etc. They also eat oranges, bananas, apples, corn, strawberries and many more fruits.

DNA Testing Note: If a DNA test is selected by a customer to determine gender of a bird, a charge of $99.00 is charged per test, and the results may take 3-6 plus weeks for results.

* If there is not a gender option listed for this bird on our website, that particular species is ‘monomorphic,’ which means we’re unable to determine gender without DNA testing. If you want us to do our best without DNA testing, make a note in the comment section of your order letting us know your preference. If no DNA testing is ordered, we are unable to guarantee a preferred gender but will do our best. See our FAQs for more info.

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