Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India'

Tropaeolum majus ‘Empress Of India’

Nasturtium

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Tropaeolum majus 'Empress Of India'
  • Common name: Nasturtium
  • Family: Tropaeolaceae
  • Plant Type: Annual
Flower colour:

Red

Foliage colour:

Green

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.

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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

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

How to grow Tropaeolum 'Empress of India'

  • Plant size

    30cm height

    45cm spread

  • Aspect

    East facing, south facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do Sow in May

Do Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Tropaeolum 'Empress of India' and wildlife

Tropaeolum 'Empress Of India' is known for attracting bees. It nectar-pollen-rich-flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Tropaeolum 'Empress of India' poisonous?

Tropaeolum 'Empress Of India' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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