Whether feral or planted intentionally, nasturtium, Trapaeolum majus (which is actually a hybrid with two other species) is a delightful flower that just about everyone appreciates. Its eagerness to self sow and possibly naturalize in riparian situations attest to how easy it is to grow. Seed for many varieties is readily available. Feral plants provide feral seed.
Bloom of domestic nasturtium can be various shades, tints and hues of yellow, orange or red. Flowers can be striped or blotched with colors of the same range. Some are double. The palest yellow is almost creamy white. The darkest red is almost brown. Feral plants, after a few generations, generally revert to blooming with simple bright orange or yellow.
Plants are more or less annual, but can replace themselves almost as readily as they die out. Those that perform through spring and summer succumb to cooling autumn weather, as their (feral) seedlings begin to replace them for autumn and winter. Those that perform through winter may succumb to frost where winters get cool, but also self sow feral seed for next spring.
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They don’t replace themselves here, and don’t seem to bloom until at least mid-summer. I do really like them, though. My favorite variety is ‘Empress of India’.
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Empress of India! That is a classic! You know, I have never actually grown it. I tried a few varieties, but they were all varieties of the common nasturtium, which eventually revert back to the same orange and yellow. Empress of India is true to type, so does not revert. Not only is the floral color distinctive, but the foliage stays slightly bluish green, rather than potentially pale green like other nasturtiums.
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