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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