ropaeolum nanum 'Tom Thumb Mix' (Nasturtium, Dwarf Mixed - Tom Thumb Mix) is a specific variety of Nasturtium known for its compact growth habit and a delightful mix of flower colors.
The Tom Thumb Mix of Nasturtium is characterized by its small and compact size. It typically grows to a height of 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) and forms a dense, mounding shape. This compact growth makes it ideal for containers, hanging baskets, or as a colorful border plant. Nasturtiums, including the Tom Thumb Mix, are relatively easy to grow and are adaptable to various conditions. They thrive in full sun to partial shade and prefer well-draining soil.
The Tom Thumb Mix showcases a delightful assortment of flower colors. The blooms can be found in shades of red, orange, yellow, and cream, creating a vibrant and eye-catching display. The mix often includes variations of these colors, offering a beautiful range of hues in a single planting.
The flowers of this Nasturtium variety are characterized by their unique shape and structure. They have a funnel-shaped form with five distinct, rounded petals. Some flowers may display darker spots or veins, adding an extra touch of visual interest. The blooms are generally small, but they appear abundantly, creating a dense and colorful canopy.
The foliage of the Tom Thumb Mix is equally appealing. The leaves are typically round or shield-shaped and have a deep green color. In some instances, the leaves may feature variegated patterns or a marbled appearance, adding further ornamental value to the plant even when it's not in bloom.
The Tom Thumb Mix of Nasturtium is a popular choice for its ornamental value. Its compact size and colorful flowers make it suitable for various garden settings, including borders, rock gardens, or container displays. The flowers and leaves of Nasturtiums are edible and have a slightly peppery flavor. They can be used as an attractive garnish in salads, soups, or other culinary creations, adding both visual appeal and a unique taste.
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Scientific Name: Tropaeolum nanum 'Tom Thumb Mix'
Common Name: Nasturtium, Dwarf Mixed - Tom Thumb Mix
Plant Type: Annuals, Tender Perennials
Zone: 1 to 10
Native Range: United States
Full Growth Height: 8-14 "
Spacing: 12 "
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer
Pollinators: Butterflies, Bumblebees, Honey Bees
Flower Color: Mixed, Red, Orange, Yellow
Water Requirement: Dry, Moderate
Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Well-Drained
Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral
Uses: Butterfly Gardens, Garnishing, Cottage Gardens, Beds and Borders, Gravel Gardens, Butter