Ground Covers

Nasturtium

Tropaeolum majus

Readily sold at nurseries and local markets, these colourful plants spread easily by seed and fragments. Active management in gardens is required to minimise the spread.
  • Family Tropaeolaceae
  • Origin South America
  • Habit Quick growing, soft sprawling succulent annual herb. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions but prefers full sun.
  • Leaves Broad circular leaves are arranged spirally around stem supported by long stalks joined at the centre of the leaf. Leaves and stems are soft and fleshy.
  • Flowers Large five-petalled funnel-formed flowers in shades of yellow red and orange. Spring–autumn
  • Fruit Green and succulent, 10 mm long.
  • Roots Fibrous and succulent.
  • Dispersal Seed and vegetation is spread by water, humans, contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc) and garden refuse dumping.
  • Control Hand pull/dig bagging all plant parts and removing from site, Foliar spray.

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