Indian cress

Tropaeolum majus 'Vanilla Berry'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Indian cress (Tropaeolum majus 'Vanilla Berry')
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Genus:  Tropaeolum

This cultivar of the old-fashioned species has a mounding habit and grows to 12 inches tall. It bears cream blossoms with strawberry blotches. 

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

These annuals are native to South America. Use them as edging, in herb gardens, for covering banks, or in hanging baskets and other containers. The round leaves and five-petaled flowers are edible.

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 in. to 12 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Runs
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
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,
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Ground Covers,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden,
Herb Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

Tropaeolum majus 'Vanilla Berry'