Tropaeolum nanum 'Empress of India' (Nasturtium, Dwarf - Empress of India) is a specific variety of Nasturtium known for its compact growth habit and striking deep red flowers. The standout feature of the Empress of India variety is its deep red flowers. The blooms are richly colored and have a velvety appearance, creating a bold and dramatic display. The intense red hue sets it apart from other Nasturtium varieties and adds a touch of elegance to the garden.
The Empress of India Nasturtium is characterized by its dwarf and compact size. It typically grows to a height of about 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm) and forms a bushy, mounding shape. This compact growth makes it well-suited for containers, borders, or as an ornamental groundcover. Nasturtiums, including the Empress of India, are generally easy to grow and adapt to various growing conditions. They thrive in full sun to partial shade and prefer well-drained soil.
The flowers of the Empress of India Nasturtium are small but striking. They have a distinctive funnel-like shape with five rounded petals. The blooms appear in abundance, forming a dense carpet of vibrant red flowers that make a bold visual statement.
The foliage of the Empress of India variety complements the vivid flowers. The leaves are typically rounded or shield-shaped and have a medium green color. The foliage serves as a backdrop, enhancing the impact of the rich red blooms.
The Empress of India Nasturtium is primarily grown for its ornamental value. Its compact size and striking deep red flowers make it an excellent choice for adding a touch of drama and elegance to gardens, containers, or hanging baskets. Additionally, both the flowers and leaves of Nasturtiums are edible and have a slightly peppery taste. They can be used as a garnish in salads, added to sandwiches, or incorporated into other culinary creations.
The Tropaeolum nanum Nasturtium, Dwarf - Empress of India, is a visually stunning variety that stands out with its compact growth and deep red flowers. Its bold presence and ornamental appeal make it a fantastic choice for adding a touch of richness and elegance to your garden or culinary creations.
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Scientific Name: Tropaeolum Nanum 'Empress of India'
Common Name: Nasturtium, Dwarf - Empress of India
Plant Type: Annuals, Tender Perennials
Native Range: California, Texas
Full Growth Height: 12-18"
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Late Summer, Early Fall
Flower Color: Orange
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Clay, Sand, Loam, Well-Drained
Soil pH: Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Uses: Rock Gardens, Beds and Borders, Mediterranean Gardens