Nasturtium

Tropaeolum majus

[tropaeolum_majus]

Jefferson recorded planting "Nasturcium," "Cresses," "Celery," and "Radichio" on March 26, 1774, "in the meadow" (the location of which has not been determined). This is in keeping with the popular use of Nasturtium as an edible plant, either by pickling its seeds and flower buds (much like capers), or by using its leaves in salads. Later, however, Jefferson listed "Nasturtium" with other ornamental plants in a "Calendar of the bloom of flowers in 1782" and showed it blooming from July until the end of September. Bernard McMahon sold nasturitum in his 1803 seedlist as an "esculent" plant.

Growth Type: Annual Color(s): Reds, Orange, Yellow Hardiness Zones: 1 - 10 Location at Monticello: Vegetable Garden Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.00892,-78.45337

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Blooming Dates 2001: Jun 14 – Nov 152002: Jun 7 – Nov 222003: May 13 – Nov 212004: Jun 6 – Dec 32005: May 10 – Nov 222006: May 24 – Nov 152007: Apr 30 – Nov 152009: Apr 24 – Nov 152010: May 24 – Dec 12012: May 24 – Dec 42013: Jun 19 – Nov 152014: Jun 5 – Nov 14