Common Name: Nasturtium
Latin Name: Tropaeolum majus
Description: Hardy ground cover with spread of 3m. Stunning yellow and orange flowers. Dies down late spring but re-seeds in autumn. Perennial in warm climates. Part shade to full sun in moist, well drained soil. Annual. Height 40cm.
Harvesting: Harvest leaves any time. Flower petals and seeds are also edible.
Best Results: Flowers best in poor soil. Pull vines out once died down – new shoots will appear again in autumn. Grow in full to part sun in sandy, well drained soil. Water regularly. Suitable for large pots.
Uses: Hot, peppery leaves are delicious in egg sandwiches or salads. Seeds can be pickled.
Companion: Traps black aphids so they can be easily controlled. Repels whitefly and woolly aphids.