General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: In Water
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: Up to 24 inches
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: March-October
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Water gardens
Edible Parts: Leaves
Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Pollinators: Self

Common names
  • Watercress
  • Yellowcress
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Nasturtium officinale
  • Synonym: Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum

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Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2014-06-09
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-04-30
Quite vigorous in shallow water
Location: Willow Valley Communities Lakes Campus, Willow Street, Pennsylvania USA
Date: 2020-05-02
Growing in Spring Run
Location: Sumatera Indonesia
Date: 2018-02-17
Location: NYBG 
Date: June 14 22

Photo credit: Tigerente

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
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Photo courtesy of: davidbygott

Date: 2014-08-30
Brought from store
  • Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jul 20, 2020 10:03 PM concerning plant:
    Leaves add a mild peppery flavor to salads. Nasturtium comes from the Latin nasi tortium (which means "distortion of the nose"), referring to the plant's pungency.
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