Old-fashioned favorites from South America. Distinctive appearance, rapid growth, and easy culture are three of their many strong points.Tropaeolum majus
Two main kinds: climbing types, which trail over ground or climb to 6 ft. by coiling leafstalks; and compact, bushy, dwarf kinds to 1 1/2 ft. high and wide (dwarf types are more widely sold). Both have round bright green leaves on long stalks. Long-spurred flowers to 2 1/2 in. across have a refreshing fragrance, come in colors including maroon, red brown, orange, yellow, red, creamy white. You can get seeds of mixed colors in several strains; some single colors are also sold. Both single- and double- flowered forms are available. All varieties make good cut flowers. Young leaves, flowers, and unripe seedpods have a peppery flavor and are frequently used in salads.
Native California to British Columbia. Two wild forms: one has coarse stems and sprawls 4–5 in. ...
Low foliage mounds about a foot wide. Flower stems, 1–2 ft. topped with white blossoms in summer...
Longtime favorites for colorful, round flowers, typically in summer and early fall. These are hotweath...