South and Central America; Peru
Regular - consistent moisture
Full sun; Part shade in hot climates, especially in the afternoon
Average - poor soil; well drained
Plastic Pots: $5.00
Clay Pots and Baskets:
($18 - $25)
Vesuvius has a salmon colored flower with large, round, green leaves. It can grow to a length of 78" which makes it perfect for hanging baskets, trellises, and planting under trees for a dynamic splash of color.
Keeping it Going
Trim the 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.
Too much fertilizer
Very hot conditions; in hot climates, keep in part shade and shield from direct afternoon sun.
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 and 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