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PlantFiles: Nasturtium
Tropaeolum majus 'Moonlight'

Family: Tropaeolaceae
Genus: Tropaeolum (tro-PEE-oh-lum) (Info)
Species: majus (MAY-jus) (Info)
Cultivar: Moonlight

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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5 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive nolabug On Apr 22, 2008, nolabug from New Orleans, LA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I am a nasturtium fan and have tried every cultivar I could come across with little success. This year I got a number of spring blooms but none so prolific or long-lasting blooms as the 'Moonlight' cultivar -whose seeds I ordered from Heirloom Seeds. A wonderful plant that is out-performing my 'Empress of India', 'Night and Day', 'Peaches and Cream' cultivars.

Positive saya On Jul 23, 2007, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of my favourites too! Fashionable moonlight-yellow, uniform, free-blooming, a tall grower.
Additional information: Introduced by K. SAHIN, Zaden B.V. in 1993.

Positive bmuller On Jan 22, 2005, bmuller from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is one of my favorite nasturtiums. It is one of the earliest to bloom in my yard (in Zone 7, high desert) and the last to give up in the fall (usually November). It blooms profusely; sometimes it even comes back from the roots the next year (only if thickly mulched through a fairly mild winter, however).
I use it to fill a triangular, raised bed next to the patio and visible from a back window: beautiful--especially in late summer and fall, when it has spilled over the edges.

Positive NatureWalker On Aug 23, 2004, NatureWalker from New York & Terrell, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one flower that has been such a trial for me. With a history breaking rainfall this year; up here in New York, it was the only seed out of 6 that made it through. The other seeds started, then couldn't make it without some sun once in a while, even though I had started them indoors in March. It finally pulled through and succeeded. I have other Nasturtium's that have bloomed; but this one was 'special' to me.

Positive Bug_Girl On Nov 10, 2002, Bug_Girl from San Francisco, CA wrote:

Heavy bloomer and heavy feeder, reseeds very well.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fair Oaks, California
San Francisco, California
San Jacinto, California
New Orleans, Louisiana
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Deposit, New York
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Seattle, Washington

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