Mashua (Tropaeolum tuberosum)

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Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: Climbs to at least 9 feet (2.7 m)
Plant Spread: 6-9 feet (1.8-2.0 m)
Fruiting Time: Fall
Other: The variety 'Ken Aslet' flowers and fruits earlier in late summer; all others in fall to early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Yellow and red
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Fall
Other: The ornamental variety 'Ken Aslet' flowers in late summer
Underground structures: Tuber
Uses: Groundcover
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Vegetable
Salad greens
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Leaves
Roots
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Flood Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Other: In rats, it appears to depress testosterone production, but it was eaten as a staple by the Incas and continues to be used in South America, so it seems unlikely that this is a problem for humans consuming normal amounts as food
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Other: Tubers
Pollinators: Birds
Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious

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