Nasturtium: the edible flower that packs a punch

March 14, 2019

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Nasturtiums are perfect if you’ve got limited outdoor space – they’re vibrantly colourful, edible and pack a nutritious punch.

Nasturtium plants just keep on giving. They’re easy to grow and are fantastic as a ground cover, with lush green leaves that make way for a range of gorgeous blooms that vary greatly in colour.

Not only that though, they’re edible and make for a healthy addition to many dishes. Their leaves are full of vitamin C and have a mild peppery taste, while the flowers and seeds are also edible and add a burst of colour to the plate. The leaves are also known to have high levels of iron as well as acting as a natural antibiotic.

Nasturtiums are actually a herb and work as a natural pest repellent, masking the smell of some other plants that pests are attracted to. They work well planted in combination with many other edibles including radishes, zucchini and cucumbers and help to attract bees, butterflies and birds to the garden with their bright flowers.

They’ll also grow easily in most climates and will flower for prolonged periods of time throughout the year apart from in winter frosts. Nasturtiums also require little to no maintenance and thrive with almost no human intervention.

In fact, nasturtiums are known to thrive in poorer soil conditions and without fertilisers. A healthy plant will cover a large area as long as it receives enough sun. They prefer full to partial sun and sprawl out over the ground rapidly, which helps to suppress weeds.

Depending on the variety you choose, nasturtiums can be trained to climb, flowering in a range of bright hues from yellow through to vibrant oranges and reds.

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