Botanical name: Tropaeolum minus
Two – three plants per pot. Price is for each pot, which is 90mm across and 150mm deep.
These are all hybrids from a variety of nasturtiums I grew last year, so the flowers will be unpredictable but still pretty!
The main reason I grow these though, is not for the colour, but for their health benefits. Eat some leaves at the first sign of a cold coming on, and all the symptoms will disappear — I can personally attest to that.
And their reputation for “women’s problems” is legendary — daughter can attest to that!
The leaves and stems have a sharp peppery taste and get right into your nasal passages like wasabi does. The entire plant can be eaten and the flower buds can be pickled as a caper substitute.
Nasturtiums are also a brilliant ‘lure’ plant for the white cabbage moth and butterfly. Grow them near your brassicas to protect them — the insects will lay their eggs preferentially or predominantly on the nasturtiums.
But do be sure to break the cycle by removing the eggs and/or hatched caterpillars from the nasturtiums before that next generation infests your brassicas.