Nasturtium, Tall Trailing Mix

Name

Botanical Name

Family

Native to

Water

Sun

 

Soil

Height

 

Width

Space

Nasturtium, Tall Trailing Mix

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

 

78"

12"

10-12"

Price

Plastic Pots:  $5.00

Clay Pots and Baskets:  Prices Vary

($18 - $25) 

Description

The tall trailing mix has flowers that range in color from orange and deep yellow to a pale yellow.  The leaves are larger than the Bloody Mary variety and lighter green in color.  The trailing vines on this plant will grow to 78".  They can be planted in hanging baskets, trellised or planted under trees for a mass of bright color.

Keeping it Going

  • Trim plant during the growing season

  • Keep soil medium moist - but never 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 afternoon sun in hot weather

History

&

Points of Interest

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

  • 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 are high in Vitamin C and were used as a deterrent for scurvy.

  • Uses:  Medicinal and Culinary

  • Medicinal:  The seeds have antiseptic and antibacterial properties.  They 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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