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Indian cress

Tropaeolum majus 'Vanilla Berry'

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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 CharacteristicsThese 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.

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 12 inches
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • 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
  • Flower Color : Red, Yellow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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