PlantsNasturtium→Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Watercress
Give a thumbs up Yellowcress

Botanical names:
Nasturtium officinale Accepted
Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum Synonym

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


Photo gallery:
Location: My garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2014-06-09
By bonitin
Give a thumbs up
Location: Allentown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-04-30Quite vigorous in shallow water
By plantrob
Give a thumbs up
Location: Willow Valley Communities Lakes Campus, Willow Street, Pennsylvania USADate: 2020-05-02Growing in Spring Run
By csandt
Give a thumbs up
Photo credit: Tigerente
By SongofJoy
Give a thumbs up
Photo courtesy of: davidbygott
By admin
Give a thumbs up
 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
By Joy
Give a thumbs up

Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jul 20, 2020 10:03 PM

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.

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Plant Events from our members
piksihk On May 13, 2020 Seeds sown
2012 kitazawa seed Co
gwbuck On March 19, 2017 Seeds sown
Planted many seeds in a medium clay pot.
» Post your own event for this plant

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Rainbow Eucalyptus seedling? by Boxerbee Jul 7, 2020 4:36 PM 8
Water Dropwort (Oenanthe javanica) by plantrob Aug 9, 2015 12:20 PM 3
Daily gardening thread for everyone by keithp2012 Jul 26, 2021 1:50 PM 23,775
New data field: Dynamic Accumulators by dave Jul 28, 2014 9:00 PM 3

« Add a new plant to the database

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Agastache"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.