The English language is funny. Sometimes we use the same word for completely different things; you know, just to make things a little more confusing.

Such is the case for nasturtium. Nasturtium can refer to the plant genus, which is the genus of seven plant species in the Brassicaceae family. The nasturtium we’re concerned about is the Tropaeolaceae, which is commonly known as nasturtium.

It is also the genus of almost 80 species of flowering plants, some of which can survive the winter at altitudes of 10,000 feet and up.

  • Do they grow in your region?

    • Yes


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  1. Hello Doc, The Nasturtium is not just a pretty face. Both the leaves and petals of the nasturtium plant are packed with nutrition, containing high levels of vitamin C. It has the ability to improve the immune system, tackling sore throats, coughs, and colds, as well as bacterial and fungal infections. Backin1976, my late grandmother, Ena ate a nasturtium flower and leaf concoction with cheddar cheese slices on rye. I tried one and was instantly hooked on the peppery taste. They must have been healthy as my grandma, practiced road running for the first time at age 75. Then just a year later, told me she was entering the grueling, 90 kilometers Comrades marathon, from Durban to Pietermaritzburg. True to her word, she entered and finished it. She said t had to be the Nasturtium sandwiches. (lol)

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