Indian cress

Tropaeolum majus 'Whirlybird Mix'

Tropaeolum majus 'Whirlybird Mix'
Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Indian cress (Tropaeolum majus 'Whirlybird Mix')
troe-pay-OH-lum MAY-jus
Genus:  Tropaeolum
This old-fashioned cultivar of the species has a mounding habit and grows up to 18 inches tall and a foot wide. From summer to frost, it bears blossoms in shades of yellow, red, and orange which are held clear above the foliage.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  These annuals are native to South America. They are suitable for garden edges, herb gardens, covering banks, hanging baskets, and other containers. The leaves and flowers are edible.
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
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Flowers,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Salmon,
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

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