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nasturtium

(năstûr`shəm), any plant of the genus Tropaeolum, tropical American herbs (usually climbing) native to mountainous areas of South and Central America. Several species are cultivated in the United States as ornamentals for their yellow or red flowers, e.g., the common nasturtiums (T. majus and T. minus) and the canary-bird flower (T. peregrinum). These species have been hybridized. The plants are sometimes used for food, i.e., the tuberous rooted T. tuberosum or añu of the high Andes, the seeds (pickled as capers), and the tart flowers and leaves (used in salads). Properly, Nasturtium is the botanical name for the water cresses, an unrelated genus of the family Cruciferae (or Brassicaceae; mustardmustard,
common name for the Cruciferae, or Brassicaceae, a large family chiefly of herbs of north temperate regions. The easily distinguished flowers of the Cruciferae have four petals arranged diagonally ("cruciform") and alternating with the four sepals.
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 family). Nasturtiums are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Geraniales, family Tropaeolaceae.
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One of the most popular edible flowers. Beautiful, brightly colored with a sweet, flowery, spicy, peppery flavor. Odd shaped flowers- red, yellow or orange quirky flowers that look like they have a “tail” hanging out behind them. Irregular, round shaped leaves. Grows like ivy. Main stock up to 6 feet long with 6-8" stems branching off. Both leaves and flowers can be eaten raw or in salad. Has hot sharp horseradish-type taste that clears sinuses. Adds spiciness to food. Seeds are a combination of sweet and spicy. Flowers can be stuffed like cups or petals and leaves used in salads, pickle buds like capers. Adds color, beauty and flavor to any dish.
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symbolizes love of country. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
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nasturtium

any of various plants of the genus Tropaeolum, esp T. major, having round leaves and yellow, red, or orange trumpet-shaped spurred flowers: family Tropaeolaceae
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or drinks Your a food-ensuring what Add four or five pickled nasturtium pods and garnish with a head or two of nasturtiums.
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Nasturtium flowers can be used to make a colorful butter, says chef John Lawrence.
Nasturtium Buds are often pickled; flowers taste peppery, like watercress and are a good garnish, can be used in salads and savory appetizers.
Plants good for tall garden structures are Scarlet Runner beans, morning glories, moonflowers, hyacinth bean, and trailing nasturtiums. There is a children's book, moonflower, written by the Wild Gardener, Peter Loewer, an Asheville native, that you must read if you plant moonflowers.
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)--the best known of the edible flowers.
Honeysuckle, bougainvillaea and jasmine ramble round the lower trunks over phlox, nasturtium and hollyhocks, all in full bloom in February.
Whisky & Ice, an attractive new variegated Nasturtium.
fabae are recorded that each utilize only one of two of the host plants used in this study, Aphis fabae fabae thriving on broad bean (Vicia faba) but not garden nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus), whereas Aphis fabae mordvilkoi only successfully reproduces on garden nasturtium and not broad bean (Muller 1988).
Sprinkle with remaining marigold petals, along with nasturtium petals and pea shoots.
You can also try nasturtium, daisies, pot marigolds, violets and roses.
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