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Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) is a flowering plant known for its vibrant, edible flowers and peppery leaves.

•Status in Florida: Nasturtium is not native to Florida but is commonly grown as an ornamental and edible plant.

•Size at Maturity: Nasturtium typically grows as a low-growing, spreading plant, reaching heights of about 6 to 12 inches tall and spreading up to 12 inches wide.

•Phenology: Nasturtium is an annual plant that produces flowers throughout the growing season, typically from late spring to fall.

•Life Cycle: Annual

•Bloom Season: Late spring to fall

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Deciduous

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained, fertile soil; tolerant of various soil types

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral (pH 6.0-7.0)

•Moisture Requirements: Moderate moisture; avoid overwatering to prevent rotting of roots

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Nasturtiums are often grown in flower beds, containers, hanging baskets, or as ground cover in sunny areas. They are also valued for their edible flowers and leaves.

•Maintenance Tips: Nasturtiums are relatively low maintenance; deadhead spent flowers to promote continued blooming and pinch back leggy growth to encourage bushiness.

•Considerations: Nasturtiums are easy to grow and provide cheerful, colorful flowers that attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

•Deer and/or Rabbit Resistance: Moderately resistant; deer and rabbits may occasionally browse on nasturtiums, but they are not typically preferred by these animals.

•Edible: Both the flowers and leaves of nasturtiums are edible and have a peppery flavor. They can be used in salads, garnishes, or as a colorful addition to dishes.

•Medicinal Uses: Historically used in herbal medicine for various purposes, including as a remedy for coughs and colds.

•Toxicity to Pets: Nasturtiums are non-toxic to pets and humans and are safe to grow in gardens where pets may roam.

•Florida Native Companion Plant: While not native to Florida, nasturtiums can be grown alongside native plants in gardens to provide color, interest and to draw pollinators.

Nasturtium - Tropaeolum majus, non-native


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