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Nasturtium Tropaeolum majus

Growing Nasturtium: Tips at a Glance

Nasturtium vines trail down walls, spill over window boxes and scramble over paths, with cheery edible orange flowers. Tip: sun and well-drained soil.

  • Type Herbaceous flower
  • Lifespan Annual
  • USDA Zones All
  • Light Sun
  • Water Well-drained soil
  • When to Plant After last frost
  • Design Tip Cascading vines
  • Companions Tomatoes, cucumbers
  • Peak Season Late summer

Nasturtium: A Field Guide

Are nasturtiums the prettiest edible plant? Their fiesta colors and devil-may-care attitude toward hot temperatures tell us they hail from southern climes. But they translate well into any garden.

First brought back from Central and South America, Tropaeolum majus vines trail down walls, spill over the sides of window boxes, and scramble across garden paths. It’s possible to grow compact varieties in cream and pale yellow, but the glorious spectrum of orange, yellow, and crimson nasturtiums lifts the garden during the dog days of summer. Recommended varieties: N. ‘Alaska’, a yellow-and-orange climber with speckled leaves; ditto ‘Jewel of Africa’. For trailing, try ‘Tip Top Mahogany’, with tomato-soup-red flowers. ‘Empress of India’ is sultry, with dark red flowers, while elegant ‘Black Velvet’ is a deep brown and a wonderful complement to everything.

Planting, Care & Design of Nasturtiums

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