This old-fashioned cultivar of the species has a mounding habit and grows 12 to 18 inches tall and wide. In summer and fall, it bears mahogany red, single to semi-double flowers. The rounded leaves and spurred, five-petaled flowers are edible.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsThese annuals are native to South America. Their leaves are notably round, palmately lobed, or palmate. The spurred flowers are widely funnelled, with 5 petals that are curiously fringed or lobed. They are suitable for garden edges, herb gardens, covering banks, hanging baskets, and other containers.
CareProvide moist, well-drained soil in full sun. T. majus flowers best when grown in lean soil.
PropagationSow seed indoors in early spring, or in situ in mid-spring.
ProblemsCaterpillars, flea beetles, black aphids, slugs, whiteflies, viruses.
- Genus : Tropaeolum
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Type : Annuals
- Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
- Moisture : Dry to Medium
- Growth Rate : Fast
- Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Self Seeds, Showy Foliage
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Maintenance : Low
- Flower Color : Red
- Bloom Time : Summer
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest