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Nasturtium mix Tropaeolum majus

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Self-seeding, salad flowers and greens.

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The Nasturtium mix Tropaeolum majus. Self-seeding, salad flowers and greens.

Nasturtium mix Tropaeolum majus

Tropaeolum, commonly known as nasturtium (literally “nose-twister” or “nose-tweaker”). A genus of roughly 80 species of annual and perennial herbaceous flowering plants. It was named by Carl Linnaeus in his book, Species Plantarum. It is the only genus in the family Tropaeolaceae. The nasturtiums received their common name because they produce an oil that is similar to that of watercress.

The genus Tropaeolum is native to South and Central America. It includes several very popular garden plants. The most commonly grown being T. majus, T. peregrinum and T. speciosum. One of the hardiest species is T. polyphyllum from Chile. The perennial roots of which can survive the winter underground at altitudes of 10,000 ft.

Plants in this genus have showy, often intensely bright flowers. Also are rounded, peltate leaves with the petiolein the center. The flowers are bisexual and zygomorphic with five petals. A superior three-carpelled ovary, and a funnel-shaped nectar spur at the back. Also is formed by modification of one of the five sepals.

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