The common name "nasturtium" derives from the Latin words "nose-twister," a playful way of expressing a common reaction to the edible leaves' flavor. The whole plant is edible, even though the blossoms do not last long as cut flowers. The blossoms are commonly used as a garnish, and the young leaves make excellent fresh veggies.
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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