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Nasturtium

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: 
Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 Jun 14 to 2001 Nov 152002 Jun 7 to 2002 Nov 222003 May 13 to 2003 Nov 212004 Jun 6 to 2004 Dec 32005 May 10 to 2005 Nov 222006 May 24 to 2006 Nov 152007 Apr 30 to 2007 Nov 152009 Apr 24 to 2009 Nov 152010 May 24 to 2010 Dec 12012 May 24 to 2012 Dec 42013 Jun 19 to 2013 Nov 152014 Jun 5 to 2014 Nov 142015 May 1 to 2015 Nov 192016 Jun 3 to 2016 Oct 14
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