Nastertium - Tropeolum majus
Latin name:
Tropeolum majus

Description: Very well known annual scrambling climber from Colombia and Bolivia, growing up to 3m in one season form seed, thus a useful, quick ground cover or climber. The leaves are mid-to-light green and almost round. The flowers are up to 5cm across with long spurs at the back, in shades of red, orange and yellow. There are countless hybrids with a myriad colour mixes as well. The leaves and flowers can be used in salads and have a peppery taste. The seeds can also be pickled and used in place of capers.

Hardiness: Half hardy – grow in situation annually from seed. In mild winters it will self sow, producing a carpet of colour

Height: up to 3m if climbing or 30cm if scrambling along the ground

Position: Full sun to light shade

poor soil produces more flowers and good soil more foliage

Water: fairly drought tolerant once established

Usage: Useful for covering large areas of ground quickly in one season, or scrambling over an old tree stump or anything you want to hide for the summer months

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