Empress of India Nasturtium
Empress of India Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) This old heirloom, also known as ‘Indian Cress’ was introduced in the mid 1880’s. The Latin genus ‘Tropaeolum’ refers to a battle shield resembling the shape of the leaves with a spear penetrating the flowers, leaving a blood stained looking helmet. Leaves and stems are dark purple and edible along with the rest of the plant. Crimson-scarlet flowers pose above these stout and compact plants. The seeds of this annual flower can be pickled for a caper substitute or ground into a mustard like substance. The spicy flowers also make a fabulous addition to any salad.
25 seeds per packet $3.95
Planting Instructions: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date. Broadcast seed on top of soil and lightly cover with dome or plastic film until emergence. Keep under full light and harden plants off 7-10 days before lining out.