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Tropaeolum majus 'Vesuvius' (Indian cress, Nasturtium)

Tropaeolum majus 'Vesuvius' Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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Botanical Name: Tropaeolum majus 'Vesuvius' troe-pay-OH-lum MAY-jus Common Name: Indian cress, Nasturtium 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.
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, Ground Covers, Cut Flower, Suitable as Annual
Style Beds and Borders, Herb Garden, Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Annuals

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