A particularly dwarf variety suited to small gardens and pot culture with large 5cm cherry red flowers over a 30cm foliage mound. It flowers from early summer until frosts.
All of the above-ground parts of the plants are edible. The flower has most often been consumed, making for an especially ornamental salad ingredient; it has a slightly peppery taste reminiscent of watercress and is also used in stir fry. The unripe seed pods can be harvested and dropped into spiced vinegar to produce a condiment and garnish, sometimes used in place of capers.
Sow direct where they are to grow. Completely cover seeds with Seed Raising Mix as they require darkness for germination. Firm down, water gently and keep moist through germination period. Transplant seedlings into deep 7.5cm pots to grow on before finally planting with climbing support in a moist, well drained shaded spot or very large pot.
Choose a sunny, well-drained position. Moderately poor soil encourages less leaf and better flowers. Feed fortnightly for stronger plants.
10 seeds per packet