PlantFiles: Nasturtium, Mastuerzo, Indian Cress Tropaeolum majus
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On May 1, 2010, nomosno from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:
I think it is safe to say that this plant has naturalized on the Pacific strip of the Western US. It grows in untended areas all over San Diego, covering city-block size areas. I have seen large and established colonies of this plant as far north as San Francisco (which is certainly not Zone 10b). It can actually become a bit of a nuisance in gardens but it is easy to control and beautiful. It seems to adapt to different levels of sunshine by growing larger leaves in shady areas and smaller ones in full sun.
On Aug 21, 2008, donicaben from Ogdensburg, NY wrote:
Probably best to direct sow these. I tried growing them indoors first and only got one to take off out of the ten I tried...but one is all I needed!
It's nearing the end of August and that one has trailed along the ground at least ten feet. It is growing like our butternut squash (and kind of resembles it on a smaller scale).
I have red flowers all over the vine. Since it's in my front yard I don't get to stare at it very often, but I wouldn't doubt that this flower probably attracts a bunch of hummers. I might try planting it in my backyard next year and see if my theory is correct. :-)
All in all, a great plant. I let my flowerbed get overrun with weeds (I have a couple of toddlers and no time!) and this one plant just flourished. It climbed around my house and onto my porch. Sure, it's a bit messy...but had I taken the time to trellis it I bet it would be even more pretty.
On Jun 22, 2008, kryistina from Springfield, MO wrote:
These will flower madly in poor soil, need little watering, and have a slight peppery flavor added to salads. May also be floated on soups, or cooked down into any savory dish as a seasoning. The flowers are also a beautiful garnish with a few sprigs of parsley on the side of a steak platter.
On Jul 11, 2007, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:
I'm not really fond of nasturtiums, although I grow them every year because they are so darn easy! They are easy to germinate (direct sowing) and fast to grow from seed. They always look a bit of a mess in my garden though - flopping all about and with the flowers mostly hidden among the leaves. I'm not fond of the colors either. Harsh and flat. Not the most attractive garden plant, in my opinion. Maybe they need a more hot dry climate.
On Jun 27, 2006, Debndal from Coppell, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
This is a great herb! In NCentralTX I plant in late February and cover if there is a freeze. They bloom almost continuously from April to mid June. I have them spilling over a retaining wall - I love the round leaves. I guess the heat in Texas is too much - I just pulled them up last week, but I replant every year. Have never had any seedlings from previous years come up.
At first I watered it regularly and got nothing. Then I left it on its, watering only about every 10 days. Flowers like crazy. I planted it in ordinary soil, not too fertilized. Kept blooming after all the other annuals had stopped. Very beautiful, and carefree. It's supposedly edible, but I'd rather look at them than eat 'em.
On Apr 19, 2004, RichSwanner from Citrus Heights, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
These were some of the most beautiful Nasturtiums I have ever seen. They were growing in Stinson Beach Ca. It doesn't freeze there, except for a freak, once in ten year's type of thing. They are most likely perennial, but I listed the bloom time from Spring to mid-winter, as they go dormant when it gets into the low thirties.They seem to not be annual,as they have grown to cover a vast amount of space.The leaves are up to six inches across and look almost like lily pads in size.
On May 18, 2003, PaulRobinson from Torrance, CA wrote:
The leaves, stems, flowers and seeds of all varieties of Nasturtium are edible They have a pleasant, "peppery" flavor when added raw to salads, etc. The seeds can be especially "hot", but with a unique flavor. Use judiciously. The lower end of the "funnel" shaped flower can be bitten off and a tiny drop of nectar sucked out, much as with honeysuckle flowers.
Naturtiums here n So. California grow easily, bloom luxuriantly, require almost no attendance, and can reseed invasively. The invasiveness is simple to control, however. Pruning or uprooting is quick and easy.
On Aug 8, 2001, Evert from Helsinki Finland (Zone 4b) wrote:
This plant is edible and you can use the seedpods as capers.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Washington D.c., Auburn, Alabama Benson, Arizona Alameda, California Fair Oaks, California Fallbrook, California San Diego, California San Francisco, California San Leandro, California Santa Cruz, California Simi Valley, California Denver, Colorado Bartow, Florida Frostproof, Florida Keystone Heights, Florida Southgate, Florida Sunset, Florida Dock Junction, Georgia Zachary, Louisiana Belmar, New Jersey Mystic Island, New Jersey Albuquerque, New Mexico Ogdensburg, New York Asheville, North Carolina Brookings, Oregon Mercer, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania East Sumter, South Carolina Austin, Texas Dalworthington Gardens, Texas El Paso, Texas Glenn Heights, Texas Macallen, Texas Norwich, Vermont Millwood, Washington Parkersburg, West Virginia Delavan, Wisconsin Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin