Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India') in the Garden Nasturtiums Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Vine
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 16-20 inches
Plant Spread: 8-12 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Other: edible
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Leaves
Seeds or Nuts
Flowers
Eating Methods: Culinary Herb/Spice
Raw
Cooked
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: 7-14 days at 60-65 degrees F
Depth to plant seed: 1/2 inch
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Zone 9b.

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Location: central IllinoisDate: September 2006
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Location: Bronx Botanical garden, NYDate: 2015-09perennial garden by the conservatory
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-05-02
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Location: central IllinoisDate: October 2006
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-07-05
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-08-05
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Comments:
Posted by wildflowers (North East Texas - Zone 7b) on Aug 27, 2014 10:01 AM

Empress of India is an old-fashioned heirloom variety that's been around since Victorian times. The plant is more compact than I had originally expected. It's a bushy type. The rich color of the edible flowers makes a very striking accent to your salad or in other dishes. As usual with nasturtiums, it doesn't need much care and does not require any fertilizer to produce lots of blooms.

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