Nasturtium Jewel Mixture will produce unique flowers, in an assortment of warm colors, such as red, yellow, gold and orange. The flowers themselves open up to a diameter of roughly 2 or 3 inches wide, forming 3 petals on the bottom and 2 on the top. The plants will reach a mature height of roughly 12 to 18 inches tall, and spread a good 12 inches wide.
Categorized as an annual flowering plant, Nasturtium, Jewel Mixture will grow quickly from freshly harvested seeds. The plants will then bloom profusely through the summer months, later wilting with the first killing frost. Nasturtium seeds can be harvested at the end of the season, to regrow fresh plants the following year. The plants can often drop their seeds to the bare ground beneath, allowing new plant life to establish naturally, after the harsh temperatures of winter have passed.
Nasturtium, Jewel Mixture is not only a beautiful flower in the garden, but it is also a colorful addition to many garnishes, salads and other culinary dishes. The seeds, stems, leaves and flower heads are all edible, providing you with a sweet, yet spicy flavoring. The leaves and stems have a hot, peppery taste, while the seeds can be a substitute for capers. The flowers have a more mild flavor and are a perfect addition to omelettes & salads.
Nasturtium plants, such as the Jewel Mixture will attract all sorts of butterflies to the garden. Their leaves are often eaten by caterpillars, and other insects. However, be aware that these plants can attract some pesky insects, such as slugs and aphids. You'll be surprised to learn that they will cling to the leaves, like a moth to a flame. But keep in mind that this can be a good thing if you grow cabbage, or other crops. Many gardeners will use Nasturtium plants as a sacrificial magnet for these insects, so that their main crops can flourish.