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Plantidote of the Day 2012-04-16

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nasturtium

Tropaeolum majus

Garden nasturtium

The perfect flower. Great colors, easy-to-grow, very low maintenance, self seeding and -- bonus! -- very tasty. This is probably the sixth year that the nasturtium patch in the backyard has bloomed, and it just gets better every year. Maybe it's my imagination, but I think the flowers are mutating or hybridizing themselves, because there are new color combinations popping up, like the one above. The flowers used to be bright orange and school-bus yellow; now some red has gotten in there. Every once in a while, a creamy beige colored flower pops up, too. Very interesting.

For more information, including recipes, try the aptly named website, nasturtiumflowers.

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