A Garden Gem with a Taste for Adventure

Meet the Tropaeolum Majus, a plant that's as fun to grow as it is to say. Known by many names including the 'Garden Nasturtium' and 'Great Indian Cress', this versatile plant is a feast for the eyes and the palate.

Tropaeolum majus

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

Low Water Needs

Requires occasional watering (once a week), resilient to some dryness.

Prefers Loamy or Sandy Soils

Best in loamy or sandy soils. Rocky soil may pose moderate challenges.

Highly Adaptable Soil pH

Suitable for all pH environments, from acidic to alkaline.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects.

Safe for Pets

No known safety risks to pets and livestock.


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About Tropaeolum majus

The Tropaeolum Majus is a seasonal plant that can grow anywhere from 1 to 10 feet tall and 1 to 3 feet wide. Its leaves are a beautiful shade of jade, often dappled with sunlight. But the real showstopper is its flowers. Blooming in the late season, these vivid blooms come in a variety of colors including amber, blush, crimson, and alabaster.

Did you know that the Tropaeolum Majus is a favorite among nectar-feeding butterflies, nectar-seeking birds, and pollinating insects? So, not only does it add beauty and flavor to your garden, but it also helps support local wildlife.

Also known as

Chinese juniper
Common nasturtium
Garden Nasturnium
Garden nasturtium
Great Indian Cress
Indian cress
Monks Cress
Yellow Larkspur


Yes, the Tropaeolum Majus is not just a pretty face. Both its leaves and flowers are edible, adding a peppery kick to salads and other dishes.

Our design recommendations

The Tropaeolum Majus is perfect for boundary and bulk planting. Its vibrant flowers and lush foliage can transform any space into a tropical paradise. Plus, its climbing nature makes it a great choice for green facades and hanging plant containers. This plant is quite versatile when it comes to landscape locations. It can thrive in planters, courtyards, and hillsides. It can even add a pop of color to footpaths.