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.

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