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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 brasica 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 can be eaten in salads and the immature seeds pickled and used like capers.
Grow Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India' in well-drained soil in full sun. Sow seed direct from mid-spring.
Cultivar: Empress of India
Plant type: Hardy annual
Flower colour: Red
Foliage colour: Dark green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy
Skill level: Beginner
Flowering period: June to September
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.
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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