Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tiptoe Through The Tulips: Tropaeolum major (Nasturtium)

I ran across this flowering weed-vine in the yard, and decided that it was too pretty to call a weed, so I have accepted and embraced it into the HIAHS fold.

While this is commonly referred to as a nasturtium, that genus name is used to describe a type of watercress. The scientific name of this guy is one of those that I need to find a Latin expert to know how to pronounce, so I think I'll stick with the common name. It's an easy plant with lots of bright orange flowers. There's basically no scent, but that's okay. I like it anyway.


Queen Whackamole said...

My favorite flower!
Like watercress, nasturtiums are edible. The flavor is a little peppery.

Heather said...

I'd heard that, but I wasn't quite brave enough to try it. Maybe I'll have to reconsider.