nas·​tur·​tium | \ nə-ˈstər-shəm How to pronounce nasturtium (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is up and running, as is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and its annual hanging nasturtium exhibit., "The kids are about to be home (again). Here’s how to fill the time," 14 Apr. 2021 Amazingly, the entire nasturtium plant is edible — seeds, peppery leaves and pretty flowers that are beautiful and delicious decorations for cakes, salads or any plating. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "All the flowers and vegetables to plant now that it’s spring," 22 Mar. 2021 Transplants of hardier plants, such as cabbages, broccoli, parsley, lavender, cilantro, nasturtium and pansies, are happy to be planted in April. Washington Post, "How to help plants thrive in spring, the garden’s most exciting and perilous season," 17 Mar. 2021 Dr Hauschka’s Clarifying Steam Bath facial product is perfect for just that, thanks to its combination of herbal extracts like nasturtium, daisy, and witch hazel, which work together to reduce redness and inflammation, and to soften blackheads. Akili King, Vogue, "Looking for the Best Facial Steamer? Here’s What the Skin-Care Pros Want You to Know," 5 Mar. 2021 Along with the collagen-boosting Tri-Peptide Complex, Kateceuticals Firming Serum contains a dose of hyaluronic acid to deeply moisturize and smooth the look of your skin, plus nasturtium flower to brighten and further boost your skin barrier. Sarah Y. Wu, Glamour, "Kate Somerville's New Firming Serum Is the Closest Thing to a Face Lift in a Bottle," 1 Mar. 2021 Her garden includes salad greens, wild fennel and mint, zucchini and zucchini blossoms, and nasturtium flowers. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "A Crop of Kitchen Gardens From Chefs Around the Globe," 14 Sep. 2020 Try her best garden aperitif: a fizzy Prosecco spritzer muddled with fresh mint and garnished with in-bloom nasturtium petals and peach slices. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Designer Lauren Liess Hosts a Homegrown Supper at Home," 25 Apr. 2020 Flowers to start: Asters, nicotiana, cleome, ice plant, zinnia, salpiglossis, schizanthus, nigella, phlox, nemesia, marigold, nasturtiumsGeese, seagulls, thrushes: This is the week! Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska gardeners have lots of questions about seeds and seedlings," 9 Apr. 2020

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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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19 Apr 2021

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“Nasturtium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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


nas·​tur·​tium | \ nə-ˈstər-shəm How to pronounce nasturtium (audio) , na- \

Kids Definition of nasturtium

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

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