Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India'

Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India'

Nasturtium

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India'
  • Common name: Nasturtium
  • Plant type: Annual

Height: 30cm

Spread: 45cm

Flower colour:
  • Red
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Flowers

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Nasturtiums are easy to grow, vigorous annuals with large disc-shaped leaves that smell like capers and bright flowers from mid-summer onwards. They're a magnet for bees and can be used to lure small and large white butterflies away from brassica crops. Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India' is a non-trailing nasturtium, bearing deep red, semi-double flowers in contrast with purple-green leaves.

The flowers and leaves can be eaten in salads and the immature seeds pickled and used like capers. Discover recipes that make use of nasturtiums from our friends at olive magazine:

Pressed tomatoes with goat's cheese and lovage oil

Elderflower-cured mackerel with tomato consommé

Dan's green sauce with steak

Brine-pickled vegetables with salted yoghurt

Lemon curd layer cake

Grow Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India' in well-drained soil in full sun. Sow seed direct from mid-spring. 

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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