Nasturtium officinale
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Nasturtium officinale


  family brassicaceae 
  genus nasturtium 

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Genus  Nasturtium Species  officinale Variety  Cultivar  Common names  watercress Family  BRASSICACEAE Specimen number  S12057 Data source  MedPl p237;UnVeg p150
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual,Perennial Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 26 Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Nasturtium officinale likes full sun. It does well in dry soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  detoxifier   antiscorbutic   diuretic   stimulant Medicinal parts  Aerial parts Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  It is strong, sharp and crisp. Its nutritional value includes vitamin C. Nasturtium officinale is most commonly used fresh. Watercress has too many possible beneficial herbal uses to fully enumerate. A few of its uses include: as a detoxifier, as an antiscorbutic, as a diuretic and as a stimulant. See the medicinal properties section for the full list. The plant parts used in herbal preparations are the aerial parts.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style  Sprawling Crop spacing  0" - 6" Row spacing  6" Cold frame  Planting period  Apr 01 - Apr 30 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Hardy Heat requirement  Cool Fertilizer  No fertilizer Time to harvest  late spring to early summer
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh Nutritional value  Vitamin C Edible parts  Leaves Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  strong, sharp and crisp
Horticulture notes  April is normally the best time to begin planting. Space rows about 6" apart. It does not necessarily require warm days for good production. The best harvesting period is late spring to early summer. Nasturtium officinale is typically propagated by seed.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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