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    A sprawling annual herb, nasturtiums have long been a charming kitchen garden plant. Their flowers, leaves, and seeds are all edible, and add a peppery bite to salads.

    Latin Name

    Tropaeolum majus


    Family

    Tropaeolaceae


    Also Known As

    Indian Cress Monks Cress


    Type of Plant

    Annual
    Herb

    Bloom Season

    May - June


    Seasons

    Fall
    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 2'
    Max Spread: 3'

    Uses

  • Annual
  • Edible
  • Flower Border
  • Herb

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Tollerances

  • Drought

  • Colors


    Native Range

    South and Central America


    History

    The Spanish brought nasturtiums to Europe from South America and they have been cultivated as a garden plant ever since. Minton Collins of Virginia offered nasturtium seeds for sale in the Virginia Gazette in 1793.


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