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How to Grow Nasturtiums

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Nasturtiums — colorful flowers that are fast and easy to grow — provide edible blooms known for their peppery tang
  • As their name suggests, you can be “nasty” to nasturtiums because they do well in lean soil and thrive even when somewhat neglected
  • Nasturtiums not only contain beneficial amounts of vitamin C, beta carotene, iron and manganese, but they also boast the highest lutein content of any edible plant
  • Some of the purported medicinal uses for nasturtiums include fighting bacterial and fungal infections, neutralizing free radicals, promoting hair growth, soothing colds and coughs, and treating skin conditions

More than just a colorful flower that is easy to grow, nasturtium is valued as a tasty, edible plant known for its peppery tang. As the name suggests, you can be "nasty" to nasturtiums because they do well in lean soil and thrive when somewhat neglected. Whether you are looking for nasturtiums to add color to salads and party trays, act as a trap plant in your garden or cover an arch or trellis, there is certain to be a nasturtium variety suited to your need.


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