Bright orange, edible flowers and cream and green variegated leaves. The leaves and flowers have a peppery taste. Add to salads and vegetable dishes. The flowers make a wonderful garnish. Medicinal.
Annual. H:35cm W:30cm. 12cm, 17cm.
In the garden:
• Trailing Annual, Frost Sensitive.
•±60cm; Spread: As far as allowed to creep or trail up.
• Alaska :
•Red, Orange and Yellow flowers with variegated leaves.
• Red Wonder :
•Intense Red flowers with dark grey foliage.
• Full sun; Well drained, composted soil.
• Pick fresh leaves and flowers throughout the year,
• Pick the seed pods just before they loose their green colour (for pickling in vinegar).
• Plant under fruit trees as a trap for pests,
• Vegetables: Plant with Cabbages, Broccoli, Other Brassica, Broad Beans,
• Nasturtiums will repel a wide range of harmful insects and make an excellent companion plant when planted in between rows of vegetables to keep pests, such as BLACKFLY away
• from cabbages and broad beans
• Attracting Beneficial insects: Butterfly gardening, a good food source; vivid colors,
• Host Plant for: Aphids, Attracts BLACKFLY to itself and away from vegetables.
Use The Peppery taste of Naturtium Leaves and Flowers with:
• Salads, Sandwiches, Garnish, Vinegars.
• Egg dishes.
• Use chopped leaves with Cottage cheese and other Spreads.
• Buds and Seeds are used as a substitute for capers.
• Ripe seeds are roasted and ground as a seasoning.
Nasturtium may be beneficial in the following cases:
• Alopecia - fresh juice rubbed into the sculp is said to stimulate hair growth.
• Topical: Wounds, Skin eruptions.
• Antiseptic, Antibacterial and antifungal activity.
• Bronchial infections, Influenza, Dry Cough,
• Hay fever due to histamine content.
• Urinary tract infections, Cystitis,
Preparation and dosage:
• 2-3 bruised leaves in a cup of boiling water. Infuse 15 minutes. One cup three times per day.
• 1-3 teaspoons in half a glass of water, three times a day.