Friday, July 3, 2020

Nasturtium

Tropaeolum majus
A fast growing, trailing annual, reaching up to 1 x 3.5 feet, sometimes wider.
The rounded leaves are up to 6 inches wide, though often half that size on dwarf cultivars. The foliage is blue-green.
The flowers, up to 2.3 inches wide, appear all summer long. They are typically intense orange however can be yellow or red on some cultivars. The flowers attract butterflies.
It thrives as an annual anywhere from zone 3 south, in full sun ( preferring partial shade where summers are hot ) on moist, light, well drained soil. Deer generally avoid this plant. Insect or disease problems are rare.

* photos taken on Oct 18 2019 in Ellicott City, MD

* photos taken on June 19 2020 in Columbia, MD

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