N is for Nasturtiums

There’s nothing not to like about nasturtiums.  Their petals are bright, vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange.  They help keep bugs away from your garden edibles, and the colorful blossoms are edible themselves.  Nasturtiums are my favorite salad topping – more for their color than for their taste, although I don’t dislike the flavor.  It’s along the lines of arugula – a little bit peppery.  They’re a great pick for Florida gardens because they’re low-maintenance and heat-tolerant.  They’ll grow no matter how sandy the soil and the more sun the better.  Shade greatly reduces the amount of blooms.  I like to mix my nasturtiums in with my vegetables because they’re common companion plants.  They repel insects, particularly squash bugs, and supposedly make cucumbers taste better.  Another random fact about nasturtiums: Back a few centuries when every bouquet of flowers came with a meaning, nasturtiums represented patriotism.

  1. I love the color they bring to salad too.. I didn’t know the meaning, thanks for sharing!

    http://www.gardenersreach.com/post/N-is-for-Northern-Cardinal.aspx

  2. I love these flowers…my neighbor has them all across the front of her house. It is such a beautiful sight!

  3. Nasturium, nationalism – I guess I can see that. Nice shot.
    On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you for participating.

  4. It doesn’t seem to matter how poor the soil is, does it? And in fact, if it’s too good, all you get is leaves!

    I planted some last year, but the caterpillars always get them here.

  5. So true – I practically grow them in sand around here!

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