Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) are considered to be a salad herb and a medicinal herb, and tea herb. Nasturtium leaves have a peppery flavor and are a good addition to salads, and teas. The flower petals adds a lovely color and peppery flavor to salads. A herbal vinegar using this herb is popular for salads. The leaves are used in infustions to fight infections of the lung, reproductive and urinary tracts. This herb comes in a variety of types, from compact to speading vines.
Family: Tropaeolaceae (Nasturtium)
Climate and Light: The Tropaeolum majus prefers full sun, but will grow in partial shade. It does well in zones 3 through 9.
Soil: Nasturtium likes average, or nutrient poor well-drained soil.
Water: This herb requires average moisture.
Growing Habit: Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) is an annual that grow up to 2 feet, or up to 6 feet as a vine with a spread of 2′ to 6′, with long funnel-shaped flowers and flat green leaves. It has big beautiful flowers that bloom throughout the summer until frost.
Propagation: Sow the large seeds in spring, when soil has warmed.
Harvesting and Storing: Harvest the fresh flowers and leaves as needed. Dry the leaves for later use.
Companion Plants: Squash and cabbage
Remarks: Nasturtium is also called Indian Cress. Watch for aphids. They are said to repel whiteflies, cabbage pests, and squash. It doesn’t like heat.