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Edible Flowers

Edible Flowers

Variety's Flowers may be consumed.

Grows Well in Containers

Grows Well in Containers

Variety does well when grown in a container.



HL = Heirloom. Seeds which have been saved over many years and passed down, in original form, from generation to generation.

Empress of India

Empress of IndiaNasturtium Seed


Product ID: 1824

Victorian era heirloom.

Scarlet flowers stand out amid the very dark green foliage of this old-fashioned favorite. Use the leaves and pods in salads or as garnishes. The compact, mounded plant habit makes it especially suitable for containers or as an edging plant. Also known as garden nasturtium and Indian cress.

•Edible Flower: Use the flowers as garnishes, or stuff with soft cheese. The flowers can be minced and added to butters and the immature seed heads can be pickled. Nasturtiums are a popular choice for adding color to salad mix.

Ht. 16-20". Avg. 200 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.

Product Price Qty
1824Packet  $3.95 
18241 Ounce  $5.75 
18241/4 Pound  $15.25 
Backordered until 01/05/16
18241 Pound  $50.25 
Backordered until 01/05/16

Quick Facts

Days to Maturity or Bloom:   55-65

Plant Cycle:   (A)  

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Edible Flowers   Grows Well in Containers   Heirloom  

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Growing Information


DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 60-65°F (16-18°C).

SOWING: Direct seed (recommended): Sow 2 weeks before last frost, 8-12" apart, 1/2-1" deep. Cover seed as they require darkness to germinate. Thin when seedlings have the first true leaves.
Transplant: Sow 3 weeks before the last frost. Plant 2 seeds 1/2-1" deep in individual cells or pots. Cover seeds as they require darkness to germinate. Thin to one plant per cell or pot. Harden off and transplant outside after the danger of frost has passed.


SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Well-drained, but not especially rich soil. High nitrogen levels promote more foliage than flower production.

PLANT HEIGHT: Varies. Trellising is needed for climbing varieties and they will need assistance to climb.

PLANT SPACING: 8-12". Thin to 3-5 plants in hanging baskets or 10" containers.


HARVEST: Edible flowers: Harvest when the flowers are fully open.
Edible leaves: Harvest at any time.

USES: Bedding plant. Excellent in containers and hanging baskets. Edible.

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