Indian cress

Tropaeolum majus 'Jewel of Africa'

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Park Seed
Indian cress (Tropaeolum majus 'Jewel of Africa')
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Genus:  Tropaeolum

This climbing, old-fashioned cultivar grows to 8 feet tall. In summer and fall, it bears flowers of maroon, yellow, cream, and orange, and in-between shades of peach, apricot, salmon, and scarlet. The leaves are marbled with white variegation. The leaves and flowers are edible.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

These annuals are suitable for garden edges, herb gardens, covering banks, hanging baskets, and other containers. The species is native to South America.

Care: 

Grow in moist, well-drained soil in full sun. T. majus flowers best when grown in lean soil.

Propagation: 

Sow seeds indoors in early spring, or in situ in mid-spring.

Problems: 

Caterpillars, flea beetles, black aphids, slugs, whiteflies, viruses.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Flowers,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Red,
Salmon
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Ground Covers,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden,
Herb Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Annuals

Tropaeolum majus 'Jewel of Africa'