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This heirloom strain of a trailing perennial from tropical America, grown in the North as an annual, is possibly a gardener's best friend. They make an excellent companion plant, drawing insect pests away from a variety of food plants, the young leaves and flowers provide beauty, flavor and nutrients to summer dishes, they are easy to grow and long-blooming, and hummingbirds love them. Permaculture, polyculture and homestead garden favorite.
Seed outdoors after danger of frost is past. Plant 1-4" deep. Thin to 8" apart. Can also start indoors 4-5 weeks before transplant date. Likes full sun and moist, average soil. They flower in mid- to late summer.
excellent container plant, on the porch or in the garden
grow among tomatoes, radish, cucumbers and squashes to draw insect pests away from these plants
flowers attract cabbage moths; great decoy if you plant them away from cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, etc
whole plant is edible; flowers and young leaves add a beautiful, slightly peppery flavor to salads, summer pastas and flower butters
young seed pods are a great substitute for true capers
valued medicinal, especially in its native Peru; antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-oxidant properties
flowers and leaves rich source of vitamin C
re-seeds readily; pick seeds up where they fall and plant again in the spring
pretty food and fabric dye plant
will tolerate hot, dry conditions
Variety: Jewel mix
Latin Name: Tropaeolum majus
Seed Count: 15
Plant Cycle: Perennial (typically grown as an annual)
Days to Germinate: 10-14
Days to Harvest: 75
Farm Type: Certified Organic
Planting Seasons: Spring
Seed Type: Heirloom, Open Pollinated
Cold Hardy: Yes
Seed Saving Level: Intermediate
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