Tropaeolum majus (tro-PIE-oh-lum MAY-jus)
Annual herb. Sun to part shade Height and width varies with varieties.
Spacing: 1-3 feet
HABIT: Fragrant flowers of red, brown, maroon, yellow, gold, and orange. Available in both single and double forms. Fast growing annual flowering herb. Climbing and dwarf bush types are available.
CULTURE: Native to Mexico and Peru. Easy to grow during the cooler months.
USES: Annual beds, pots, hanging baskets. Leaves, flowers, and unripe seedpods have a delicious peppery flavor and are excellent in salads and other dishes. Source of vitamin C. All parts of the plant are edible.
PROBLEMS: Hot weather, aphids.
NOTES: Terrific plant that is easy to grow from seed.