Herbs > Nasturtium Herb

Information on, uses of and how to grow nasturtium:

Name
Tropaeolum maius.

History
Originated in South America and used to be used as a remedy for scurvy.

Growing pattern
Annual.

Seeds
Buy Nasturtium Seeds (Organic) from The Green Chronicle (Pay in $US, £, Euro).
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How to grow
Sow the Nasturtium seeds in early summer in their final position. They germinate very easily and are ideal for young gardeners.

Soil condition/position
Nasturtiums like an open sunny position in light sandy soil. They grow well in containers.

Appearance
The plant will trail or climb and has round dark green leaves. The flowers are cone-shaped, brilliantly coloured, ranging from yellow through orange to red.

Uses
Nasturtium plants help to protect other plants from pests. The leaves are really peppery and tasty if added to salads. The flowers can be added to salads and the seeds can be pickled and used like capers.