Botanical Name: Tropaeolum majus Add
Common Name: Garden Nasturtium  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Annual


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Orange, Red, Yellow, White


Flower Season

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Constant


Leaf Color

Dark Green, Light Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Moist


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Mediterranean, Seascape, Tropical


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Perennial Border, Raised Planter


Special Uses

Cascade, Container, Cut Flowers, Mass Planting, Hanging Baskets


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
  • Description

  • Notes

This annual ground cover/vine and will grow less than 1' tall, but will spread and climb up to 6' tall. Nasturtium has 2" light green leaves with edible, red, orange, yellow, or white flowers that are in constant bloom throughout the warm season. This plant usually reseeds, with new plants emerging in early spring. This is a fast growing plant so use it if you want that quality.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.