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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.
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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: 
June 14, 2001 to November 15, 2001June 7, 2002 to November 22, 2002May 13, 2003 to November 21, 2003June 6, 2004 to December 3, 2004May 10, 2005 to November 22, 2005May 24, 2006 to November 15, 2006April 30, 2007 to November 15, 2007April 24, 2009 to November 15, 2009May 24, 2010 to December 1, 2010May 24, 2012 to December 4, 2012June 19, 2013 to November 15, 2013June 5, 2014 to November 14, 2014May 1, 2015 to November 19, 2015June 3, 2016 to October 14, 2016July 26, 2017 to November 3, 2017May 31, 2019

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