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Nasturtium


Tropaeolum selections

Nasturtium

Nasturtiums are so versatile. They grow easily from seed sown directly in your garden's poorest soil and blooms all season until frost and are never greedy about food or fertilizer. Nasturtiums are available in either spreading or climbing types.

Plant spreading types in large containers to spill over the sides. Plant them alongside wide paths to soften the sides for a romantic look. Use nasturtium to brighten a rock garden or between paving stones. Plant them at the edges of beds and borders to fill in between other plants and add soft, flowing color. Train climbing types up trellises or alongside fences. The leaves and flowers are edible; use them as a showy plate garnish or to jazz up salads.

Light:
Sun
Plant Type:
Annual,Vine
Plant Height:
Mounding varieties from 9 to 16 inches tall, depending on type. Climbing varieties from 3 to 15 feet, depending on type.
Plant Width:
From 12 to 18 inches wide, depending on type
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Attracts Butterflies,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

(Tropaeolum majus 'Alaska') is a trailing variety to 12 to 15 inches. It offers exciting, white-splashed foliage and striking red, orange, gold, yellow, and salmon flowers.
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(Tropaeolum peregrinum) offers lots of fringed canary-yellow blooms appear that look almost like butterflies in late spring. It climbs to 15 feet and is perennial in Zones 9-10.
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(Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India') bears velvety, crimson-red flowers on a compact, 14-inch-tall plant.
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(Tropaeolum majus 'Jewel of Africa') is a climbing annual to 5 feet tall that has variegated foliage and blooms in red, gold, yellow, cream, or peach.
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(Tropaeolum majus 'Peach Melba') offers salmon-peach flowers all summer long on compact, 1-foot-tall plants.
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(Tropaeolum majus 'Strawberry Ice') bears deep yellow flowers with a strawberry-red blotch at the base of each petal. It trails or climbs to 16 inches.
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Plant It With
Petunia

Any color petunia can accompany the neutral creamy-colored nasturtiums, and many of the pink petunias combine well with dark burgundy nasturtiums.

Cosmos

Cherry-red nasturtiums glow warm in the garden when planted with pure white cosmos.

French Marigold

Pure orange or yellow marigolds make a tidy edging plant where nasturtiums fill the bed.

Propagation
Seed