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My Flower Collection: Nasturtiums

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This picture story was submitted by Maria Matusik from TorontoOntario.

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Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum) are ornamental, flowering and edible plants that come from South and Central America. The plant includes both annual and perennial species. Nasturtiums are grown from seeds and are sometimes used in herbal medicine.

I would like to share some photos of the beautiful, brightly-coloured Nasturtiums from my balcony garden. I planted them a few years ago and I must say they bloomed nicely.


In the photos below you can see a flower bud showing the nectar spur. I also like the twisted, parallel leaves of this flower, set on a long petiole, disc-shaped, and a very decorative marbling on the leaves.

The Nasturtium comes in a variety of forms and beautiful colours including cream, yellow, orange and red.

The flowers, leaves and seed pods have a peppery taste that is great as a salad garnish!

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