Nasturtium, Bloody Mary

Name

Botanical Name

Family

Native to

Water

Sun

 

Soil

Height

Width

Space

Nasturtium, Bloody Mary

Tropaeolum majus

Tropaeolaceae

South and Central America; Peru  

Water regularly

Full sun; Part shade in hot weather especially hot afternoon sun

Well-drained; Average to poor is best

16-20"

8-12"

8-12"

Price

Plastic Pots:  $5.00

Clay pots and Baskets:  Prices Vary

($18 - $25)

Description

Bloody Mary Nasturtiums are compact plants, that have some mounding and trailing vines.  The medium dark green leaves are small and round.  The flowers vary from almost all red with salmon and yellow centers to creamy yellow with salmon and red accents.  

Keeping it Going

  • Trim plant during the growing season.  

  • Keep the soil medium moist - but not soggy

  • Do not fertilize unless greener leaves and less flowers are desired.  Over fertilization may damage the plant.

  • In hot climates, keep in part shade and avoid afternoon sun. 

Won't Tolerate

  • Too much fertilizer

  • Very hot conditions - especially direct sun in hot weather - keep in part shade

History

&

Points of Interest

  • The family name, Tropaeolum, comes from the Greek word, tropalon, meaning trophy.  The round leaves were thought to resemble trophy-bearing shields of the classical world.  

  • Nasturtiums were introduced to Spain from Peru in the 16th century.  The flowers and leaves were popular as salad ingredients

  • Nasturtiums are high in Vitamin C and were used as a preventative against scurvy

  • Uses:  Medicinal and Culinary

  • Medicinal:  The seeds have antiseptic, antibacterial properties and are taken in infusions for urinary and upper respiratory tract infections.  Always consult a physician when taking home remedies.

  • Culinary:  The leaves have a peppery flavor, similar to cress or arugula.  The flowers are edible and are added to dishes for color.  The seeds, when still green, can be pickled as a substitute for capers.

  • Another name for Nasturtiums is Indian Cress

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