nasturtium

noun
nas·​tur·​tium | \nə-ˈstər-shəm, na-\

Definition of nasturtium 

: any of a genus (Tropaeolum of the family Tropaeolaceae, the nasturtium family) of herbs of Central and South America with showy spurred flowers and pungent edible seeds and leaves especially : either of two widely cultivated ornamentals (T. majus and T. minus)

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Or plant a container with edible flowers such as marigolds, pansies (Viola × wittrockiana), and nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus). The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 This time of year, orange nasturtiums cascade from the third-floor balconies, continuing a tradition that began over a century ago, when Gardner first displayed the lovely flowering vines. Cindy Atoji Keene, BostonGlobe.com, "The Gardner museum’s gardener reveals how its courtyard stays in bloom," 29 Mar. 2018 Sprinkle with remaining marigold petals, along with nasturtium petals and pea shoots. Sunset, "Fried Rice with Flowers," 22 Jan. 2018 The elevated beds enable Rocci to stand or sit while tending tomatoes, basil and arugula intermingled with nasturtiums, marigolds and sweet peas. Emily Young, latimes.com, "Making sure Mom and Dad can age in their own space," 15 June 2018 Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with nasturtium leaf. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with nasturtium leaf. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with nasturtium leaf. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 Later, the greens are packed into boxes for delivery, by bicycle or by subway, to restaurants around the city (nasturtiums for Jungsik, dianthus flowers for Freemans). Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "Tribeca’s Hydroponic Underground," 9 July 2017

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First Known Use of nasturtium

1704, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nasturtium

Latin, a cress

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nasturtium

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English Language Learners Definition of nasturtium

: a plant with circular leaves and yellow, orange, or red flowers that are sometimes eaten

nasturtium

noun
nas·​tur·​tium | \nə-ˈstər-shəm, na-\

Kids Definition of nasturtium

: an herb with roundish leaves and red, orange, yellow, or white flowers

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