Nasturtium "Jewel Mix"
Edible Flower and nectar plant beloved by gardeners and hummingbirds alike. Fast-growing, and very easy. I always gave my kids nasturtiums for their first seeds to plant on their own. As fast as radishes, and much more fun, with big, easy-to-handle seeds. (What kid can resist seeds that look like brains? And the heirloom varieties like this with nectar spurs are as good as honeysuckle for a sweet treat.) Every part of the plant is edible, with a peppery tang like watercress: leaves and flowers are good in salads, pasta dishes, garnish, and stir-fries. The buds can be pickled (or packed in salt) as a substitute for capers. Likes cool weather but not frost. Perfect for full sun in maritime and northern climates or for shady spots in hot-summer areas. I plant them under my fruit trees or in pots on a shady porch. The picture was taken during 90-degree heat, but the planter box was on the east side of a building and got morning sun only. 40 seeds