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 has a long history of use in the kitchen, as even the seeds can be pickled and used as a replacement for capers. The whole plant is edible, even though the blossoms do not last long as cut flowers.
The whole plant is nutritious, 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 'Tom Thumb Mix'
Common Name: Nasturtium, Dwarf Mixed - Tom Thumb Mix
Plant Type: Annuals, Tender Perennials
Zone: 1 to 10
Native Range: United States
Full Growth Height: 8-14 "
Spacing: 12 "
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer
Pollinators: Butterflies, Bumblebees, Honey Bees
Flower Color: Mixed, Red, Orange, Yellow
Water Requirement: Dry, Moderate
Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Well-Drained
Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral
Uses: Butterfly Gardens, Garnishing, Cottage Gardens, Beds and Borders, Gravel Gardens, Butter