Indian cress

Tropaeolum majus 'Vesuvius'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Indian cress (Tropaeolum majus 'Vesuvius')
troe-pay-OH-lum MAY-jus
Genus:  Tropaeolum
This old-fashioned cultivar has a mounded habit and grows to 12 inches tall and about as wide. In summer and fall, it bears blossoms of tangerine to deep salmon. Both the rounded leaves and spurred flowers are edible.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  These annuals are native to South America. They are suitable for garden edges, herb gardens, covering banks, hanging baskets, and other containers.
Care:  Provide 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 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
Summer
Flower Color
Orange/Salmon Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Ground Covers,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Beds and Borders,
Herb Garden,
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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