Spectacular at the top
of a retaining wall or bank, on balconies and window boxes, even as ground cover.
Grow 4-5' so tie to a trellis or plant at the base of shrubs or trees.Edible flowers and foliage in a glorious mix of yellows, oranges, red, and bicolors. Easy to grow, beautiful at the corners of vegetable beds, in containers, or window boxes.
Likes a little shade in hot summer areas, including the shade of taller flowers or vegetables. Plant outside around the last frost date, cover well. Adaptable.
Many culinary uses-leaves and flowers are popular in salads or as garnish, the buds may be pickled and used just like capers. Try flowers and buds in potato salad.
BOTANICAL NAME:Tropaeolum sp
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS :
Plant seeds directly into the garden after all danger of frost is past (or into deep pots indoors). Soaking the seed for 8 hours will speed germination. The soil should be well-prepared soil, but not over fertilized. A handful of bone meal will improve flowering-too much nitrogen will result in all leaves. This hardy annual trails up to 8' for use against trellis, screens, and trees. May be perennial in frost-free zones. Flowers and leaves are edible; pickled buds taste like capers.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: Annual/ Height 12-18"/Spacing 10"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Bee Friendly, Edible Flower