A blend of bright and subtle shades. Said to improve growth and flavour of many veges and deter aphids and whiteflies. Both the leaves and flowers can be used in salads, and the seeds can be pickled – they are often known as ‘poor man’s capers’.
Both the leaves and petals of the nasturtium plant are packed with nutrition, and all parts of the plant have strong antibiotic and antimicrobial properties. Nasturtiums contain high levels of vitamin C, manganese, iron, flavonoids, and beta carotene. They can be used medicinally to improve the immune system, tackling sore throats, coughs, and colds, as well as bacterial and fungal infections, in particular of the urinary tract. The leaves are supposedly most effective prior to flowering. The dried ripe buds have a strong laxative effect, and unlike many conventional germicides, nasturtium will not damage the intestinal flora. The herb has been used as a remedy for hair loss and to stimulate hair growth. Additionally, it was used traditionally to treat muscular pain. It may be taken internally or applied externally.
With the vitamin C as well and iron content of the leaves, nasturtiums make great chook food. They are said to stimulate laying and also have natural deworming properties.
Height to 200cm tall, and will happily trellis or trail. They form a good ground cover under fruit trees and are useful companions. Annual in most NZ climates but may self seed so well in frost-free spots that they provide perennial groundcover.
9cm pot. Certified organic plants. Available Oct – Dec/Jan only.