Nasturtium, Vesuvius

Name

Botanical Name

Family

Native to

Water

Sun  

 

Soil

Height

Width

Space

Nasturtium, Vesuvius

Tropaeolum majus

Tropaeolaceae

South and Central America; Peru

Regular - consistent moisture

Full sun; Part shade in hot climates, especially in the afternoon

Average - poor soil; well drained

78"

10-12"

12-12"

Price

Plastic Pots:  $5.00

Clay Pots and Baskets:

Prices Vary

($18 - $25)

Description

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.

Won't Tolerate

  • Too much fertilizer

  • Very hot conditions; in hot climates, keep in part shade and shield from direct afternoon sun.

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 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

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