Barbarea vulgaris ‘Variegated Winter Cream’ (Winter Cress) [20 Seeds]


Germination Information: These seeds seem to germinate best in cool conditions, making outdoor sowing (in a pot, or in the ground) a good option from late fall to late spring. Just barely cover the seeds with growing medium. The last time I grew ‘Variegated Winter Cream’ from seed, I sowed in a pot outdoors in mid-December, and the seeds began sprouting in March. Starting indoors in spring, or outdoors in late summer, is another option, but sprouting might be slow and erratic in warm conditions.

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If you’re used to seeing the bright yellow blooms of winter cress (Barbarea vulgaris) in spring fields and roadsides, you may think of it more as a weed than as something you’d intentionally add to your garden. But if you’re a fan of variegated plants, or if you enjoy plants that offer cold-season interest, ‘Variegated Winter Cream’—also known simply as ‘Variegata’ or ‘Winter Cream’—is definitely worth considering. The first year, it forms a dense rosette of glossy, rich green leaves that are showily splashed with creamy yellow; it’s generally about 8 inches tall and wide. It thrives in cool weather, putting on new growth in fall and persisting through the winter. The following spring to early summer, it sends up 12- to 18-inch-tall stalks topped with clusters of bright yellow blooms. Cutting off the flower stalks may encourage the plants to live another year or two, at least; or, let them produce seed and self-sow. Include some plants in your vegetable garden to harvest for zippy winter greens: a pretty and flavorful addition to salads. Full sun to light shade. Biennial (Zones 5 to 8) or cool-season foliage annual.

Collected in mid July 2022. At least 20 seeds.

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