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Tropaeolum majus 'Whirlybird Mix'

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Tropaeolum majus 'Whirlybird Mix'

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 CharacteristicsThese 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.

CareProvide 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
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Early Summer, Fall, 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, Yellow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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