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Indian cress

Tropaeolum majus 'Jewel of Africa'

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

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

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

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

  • Genus : Tropaeolum
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Self Seeds, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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