Tropaeolum nanum 'Alaska Mix' (Nasturtium, Dwarf Mixed - Alaska Mix) is a specific variety of Nasturtium known for its compact growth habit and a mix of colorful flowers with variegated foliage. The Alaska Mix showcases a delightful assortment of flower colors. The blooms can come in shades of red, orange, and yellow, creating a vibrant display. What sets this mix apart is the variegated foliage that accompanies the flowers, adding an extra layer of visual interest.
The Alaska Mix of Nasturtium is characterized by its dwarf and compact size. It typically grows to a height of around 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) and forms a bushy, mounding shape. This compact growth makes it suitable for containers, borders, or as a groundcover in small gardens. They prefer full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil.
The flowers of the Alaska Mix Nasturtium are relatively small but abundant. They have a funnel-like shape with five petals and appear in a mix of colors, creating a cheerful and colorful carpet of blooms.
The foliage of the Alaska Mix Nasturtium is particularly striking. The leaves are typically round or shield-shaped and have a variegated pattern. The foliage features a combination of green, white, and sometimes cream or yellow markings, adding an ornamental element to the plant even when it's not in bloom.
The Alaska Mix Nasturtium is primarily grown for its ornamental value. Its compact size, vibrant flower colors, and variegated foliage make it an excellent choice for adding a splash of color and visual interest to gardens, containers, or hanging baskets. Additionally, both the flowers and leaves of Nasturtiums are edible and have a slightly peppery taste. They can be used as a garnish in salads, added to sandwiches, or incorporated into other culinary creations.
The Tropaeolum nanum Nasturtium, Dwarf Mixed - Alaska Mix, offers a delightful combination of compact growth, vibrant flower colors, and variegated foliage. Its ornamental appeal and edible qualities make it a versatile and attractive addition to gardens or culinary endeavors.
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Scientific Name: Tropaeolum nanum 'Alaska Mix'
Common Name: Nasturtium, Dwarf Mixed - Alaska Mix
Plant Type: Annuals, Tender Perennials
Zone: 3 to 10
Native Range: United States
Full Growth Height: 8-14 "
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer, Fall
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Flower Color: Mixed (Red, Orange, Yellow)
Water Requirement: Dry, Medium
Soil Type: Chalk, Sand, Loam, Well-Drained
Soil pH: Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Uses: Edging, Beds and Borders, Prairies and Meadows, Patio and Containers