plant is native to western Ireland

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  1. Faybio

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    I've attached a couple of photos.

    This interesting plant/schrub has medium to large disc-shaped leaves, and medium-smallish orange and yellow flowers. Both leaves and flowers grow on a low spreading vine. This plant/shrub is commonly found growing roadside next to walls in rough, rocky areas in western Ireland, specifically on Inish Maan. (My mother brought seeds back to Boston and is growing this plant in her backyard.)

    Can anyone ID this plant? Feel free to ask me any questions about it, I'll check in often to reply.

    Thank you in advance for reading!
     

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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Looks like Tropaeolum, commonly called nasturtium, though not a Nasturtium genus. Don't think it's native to Ireland though.
     
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    Thank you! I'm probably using the the wrong word when I wrote native- I should have written that it's commonly found in western Ireland, and that the seeds came from that region. (Again, Inish Maan, Aran Islands to be exact.)
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yep, Tropaeolum majus, actually native to South America ;-)
     
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    Again, awesome, thank for the ID to both repliers. I had wondered for a bit, and am glad I finally posted the question.
     
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    In case you are interested, the flowers, leaves, and seeds are all edible. The flowers are nice for color in salads and as a garnish. The seeds can be pickled and used as capers.
     
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    That does interest me. I'll be taking a bite out of mom's flowers:)
     

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