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Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India'

Nasturtium

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour

Red

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India'

Plant details

Nasturtiums are easy to grow, vigorous annuals with large disc-shaped leaves that smell like capers and bright flowers from mid-summer onwards. A non-trailing variety is 'Empress of India' which has deep red, semi-double flowers and purple-green leaves. Nasturtiums root easily from stem cuttings or from seed which can be sown directly in to the ground in mid spring.

Family: Tropaeolaceae

Genus: Tropaeolum

Species: majus

Cultivar: Empress of India

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 45cm

Flowering period: June to September


Reader reviews


ladynellington

Lovely plant, but a sucker for cabbage whites! My initial solution was to distract the butterflies from laying eggs on it with placing a highly scented oriental lily next to it - but after my lily lost its flowers the pests were back and within a few days my poor plant was consumed by larvae and caterpillars.
However, the flowers make a lovely addition to a salad - taste mellow but sweet.


gardendadrob

lovely plant i had several last year in the garden i just had one problem when i got them flowering i had lots of lots of little black tiny bugs under the leaves and the leaves started dieing off any one with ideas what they could be



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