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Tropaeolum majus, Tropaeolum nanum, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress

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 Tropaeolum majus, Tropaeolum nanum
Family: Tropaeolaceae
Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress
Origin: South America
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftVine or creeperSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Spice or herbAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This garden favorite will spread like wildfire, produce decorative foliage, have an ocean of brightly-colored blossoms. It is a herbaceous fast growing flowering plant originating in South America in the Andes from Bolivia north to Colombia. Cultivated varieties have hybrid origin, with possible parent species including T. minus, T. moritzianum, T. peltophorum, and T. peregrinum. Trailing stems grow to a few feet. The leaves are large, nearly circular. They have a beauty of their own. Reminiscent of water lily pads, the more common ones are flat and round, with the stem attached to the center and the vein radiating out from there. Garden Nasturtiums are grown for their flowers, and also because both their leaves and flowers are edible; they can be used in salads, imparting a delicately peppery taste. Although the blossoms appear delicate, they are actually very durable and make for vibrant and long-lasting garnishes, one of their best uses. Use the blossoms either whole or chopped to decorate creamy soups, salads, butters, cakes and platters. Their sweet, peppery taste (both in the leaves and in the flowers) adds to the enjoyment. In fact, it is for its tangy taste that nasturtium gets its common name. It comes from the Latin "Nasus Tortus" meaning convulsed nose, referring to the faces people made when tasting the spicy plant. Take advantage of this spicy flavor as well as the decorative color. Use both leaves and blossoms in salads. Try adding them to spinach salads for a dramatic effect. Nasturtium's spiciness is also a winning addition to cheese spreads. The seeds are also edible, and can be used as a caper substitute and as a substitute for black pepper. Being high in vitamin C, nasturtiums act as a natural antibiotic, and as such were used topically as a poultice for minor cuts and scratches. Nasturtiums are also used in Ayurvedic medicine.

Nasturtiums are a gardener's dream. They are virtually carefree once established. Snails don't seem to be interested in them. They will even self seed and come back the next year in mild climate. Nasturtium is a good choice as a fast growing, ever-blooming showy ground cover. It is a great butterfly attractor. Ideally, nasturtiums like to be in full sun, with moist, well drained soil. Nasturtiums come in two forms: compact and trailing. The compact variety is low and busy, usually staying at about 12" tall. They are useful as border plants, creating a colorful and dense edge. The trailing variety cascades dramatically down walls or tumbles brightly out of hanging baskets. They are also perfect for window boxes and container herb gardens. Just be sure to keep them trimmed back or they will crowd out the other plants. Enjoy them all summer long!


 Tropaeolum majus, Tropaeolum nanum, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress

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Tropaeolum majus, Tropaeolum nanum, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress

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Tropaeolum majus, Tropaeolum nanum, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress

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Tropaeolum majus, Tropaeolum nanum, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress

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Tropaeolum majus, Tropaeolum nanum, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress

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Tropaeolum majus, Tropaeolum nanum, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress

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Tropaeolum majus, Tropaeolum nanum, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress

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Tropaeolum majus, Tropaeolum nanum, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress

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Tropaeolum majus, Tropaeolum nanum, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress

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Tropaeolum majus, Tropaeolum nanum, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress

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Tropaeolum Cherry Rose
Tropaeolum majus, Tropaeolum nanum, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress

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Tropaeolum Cream
Tropaeolum majus, Tropaeolum nanum, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress

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Dwarf form of Garden Nasturtium - compact growth habit. Nasturtiums are a gardener's dream. This garden favorite will spread like wildfire, produce decorative foliage, have an ocean of brightly-colored blossoms. Leaves and flowers are edible; they can be used in salads, imparting a delicately peppery taste. Use the blossoms either whole or chopped to decorate creamy soups, salads, butters, cakes and platters. Being high in vitamin C, nasturtiums act as a natural antibiotic, used topically for minor cuts and scratches. Nasturtiums are also used
The plants are virtually carefree once established. Enjoy them all summer long!
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Tropaeolum moritzianum, Moritz-Nasturtium

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Family: Tropaeolaceae
Moritz-Nasturtium
Origin: South America
Vine or creeperSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowers
 Tropaeolum moritzianum, Moritz-Nasturtium

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Tropaeolum peregrinum, Canarybird Flower, Canarybird Vine, Canary Nasturtium

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Family: Tropaeolaceae
Canarybird Flower, Canarybird Vine, Canary Nasturtium
Origin: South America
Vine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterYellow/orange flowersSpice or herbAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The Tropaeolum peregrinum flower resembles the feather wings of a canary.

Like other flowering Nasturtium, the flowers, seeds, leaves and even the stems, of your Canary Creeper plants are edible. Use early seeds as a substitute for capers, or add the leaves and flowers to salads.


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Tropaeolum polyphyllum, Wreath Nasturtium, Andean Nasturtium

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Family: Tropaeolaceae
Wreath Nasturtium, Andean Nasturtium
Origin: Argentina, Chile
CaudexSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterDry conditionsYellow/orange flowersSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Tropaeolum polyphyllum is one of the tuberous Tropaeolum species.

USDA Hardiness Zone 7, even 6b.


 Tropaeolum polyphyllum, Wreath Nasturtium, Andean Nasturtium

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Tropaeolum tricolor, Chilean Nasturtium, Three-coloured Indian Cress

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Family: Tropaeolaceae
Chilean Nasturtium, Three-coloured Indian Cress
Origin: Chile
Vine or creeperSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowers

Tropaeolum tricolor is a delicate, colourful climber with thread-like stems and small, bright red, purple and yellow, long-spurred flowers.In the spring, after the flower show is over, the vine goes dormant until autumn. During the summer dormancy, the tubers must be kept dry.


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