Family: Tropaeolaceae

Scientific Name: Tropaeolum majus Whirlybird

Common Name: Whirlybird Nasturtium mix


Whirlybird series Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) A dwarf trailing Nasturtium.

Plant TypeAnnuals
Hardiness Zone9-11, annual else where
Sunlightfull sun, mostly sunny, light shade
Moistureprefers evenly moist, quickly wilts and easily rots if to wet
Soil & Siteaverage
Growing Mediaaverage
Temperaturetolerates colder temperatures, newer growth will be damaged in freezing conditions
Flowersspurless, semi double, upward facing, cherry, rose, gold, mahogany, orange, scarlet red tangerine and cream.
FruitSeeds can be pickled.
Leavesrounded (obicular), dark olive green, remind me of a lily pad, leaves contain mustard oil, used in salads along with the flowers and buds
Dimensions12 inches tall, compact nontrailing
PropagationSeeds are very large, can be planted "in situ" after the danger of frost has passed or direct seed into a peat pot. Soaking may help germination
Misc FactsTraeolum comes from the Latin word tropaeum meaning “a trophy”. The leaves were thought to resemble the helmets and shields that were present at Roman triumphs. Nasturtium means bitter leaves.
Author's NotesI have grown many different types of Nasturtium. All tend to be a bit floppy but still well worth growing.
Notes & Reference#28-Cottage Garden Annuals(Clive Lane), #37-The Contained Garden (Kenneth A. Beckett, David Carr, David), #108-Restoring American Gardens (Adams)
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