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Nasturtiums: Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India'

Botanical name: Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India'

Common name: nasturtium

also known as (garden nasturtium, Indian cress, greater Indian-cress)

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Nasturtium, 'Empress of India'
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Nasturtiums: Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India'
Nasturtiums: Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India'
Nasturtiums: Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India'
Nasturtiums: Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India'
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Soil: damp, neutral, loam
Zones: 9a thru 11a

butterfly attracting, edible

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description for "Nasturtiums: Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India'"

These easy to grow heirloom flowers with their unique deep blue-green foliage and vermilion red blossoms have graced gardens for hundreds of years. The glowing color of ‘Empress of India’ attracts hummingbirds who love to visit the long-spurred blossoms. As a wonderful bonus, both the bright flowers and leaves are deliciously edible with a spicy watercress-like taste. ‘Empress of India’ is a favorite for garnishing greens or seafood salads, chopped and mixed with cream cheese or added to rice dishes. Small dark blue-green leaves and smoldering dark scarlet flowers make a striking contrast on this Victorian era heirloom. It grows in a neat mound to 1 foot tall making it suitable for containers and garden edging. These long-spurred, fragrant nasturtiums are very reliable and easy to grow in any well-drained soil. They provide quick brilliant color in beds and look delightful in patio pots. Combine with dark violas, creeping daisies, dwarf marigolds or other bright annuals. Can also be planted to cover fading bulb foliage. A cool climate flower. – edited by dtd pbcouchman


Tropaeolum majus is native from Columbia to Bolivia.

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