Height: 8"-6' (20-200cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Yellow, orange

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Rosidae (Rose Superorder)
Order: Geraniales (Geranium Order)
Family: Tropaeolaceae (Nasturtium Family)
Genus: Tropaeolum (Nasturtium)
Species: majus (greater)
Tropaeolum majus

Tropaeolum majus is a favourite summer bedding plant, producing large flowers in bright colours even in bad weather and poor soil. Although most people probably grow Nasturtiums as bushy hummocks, allowing the wandering stems to creep along the ground, they are capable of scrambling over other plants, although they have no method of clinging or climbing.

Both the leaves and flowers can be eaten. The leaves have a peppery taste, and the flowers add colour to salads. The unripe seedpods can be pickled and used like capers.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


Inside or Outside
(4-7 days)

Seed Pod There is no seed pod. The three seeds are held together to form a fat clover-leaf.

Seed The seeds are large, woody and ribbed. There are three seeds from a flower.

Seedling The seedling has large fleshy leaves, looking like water-lily leaves.

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