Other names: Garden Nasturtium
Introduced From: South America
Habitat: Unkempt gardens, wastelands, especially in older suburbs
Uses: Flowers and young leaves edible raw or cooked, and taste like a cress, containing mustard oils
References: Low (Weeds), Richardson and Shepherd
Tropaeolum majus, Nasturtium, was once a popular garden plant but is no longer considered fashionable.There is another plant, watercress, with genus Nasturtium, which looks completely different. This is confusing, since the plant (the one on this page) that is commonly called "nasturtium" has a botanical name of Tropaeolum, while another plant (commonly called watercress), has the botaincal name Nasturtium. Silly scientists.
The flowers can be bright orange (as shown here), or yellow, or red, sometimes with streaks.
Photo: Tropaeolum majus, Nasturtium. Watsons Bay NSW. High resolution (2392 x 1953)
Photo: Tropaeolum majus, Nasturtium. Watsons Bay NSW. High resolution (2913 x 1866)
Photo: Tropaeolum majus, Nasturtium. Watsons Bay NSW. High resolution (2479 x 1950)
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