Name: Tropaeolum majus aka nasturtium
Type of Plant: An annual in most areas of the USA, that is grown as a summer flowering annual and edible leaf and flower.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: I love this plant because it is easy, bright and cheerful. I especially love the vining varieties, which you will need to grow from seed. I like their peppery flavor and the interest that the flowers and leaves add to a number of dishes. And I love how the round leaves hold drops of water after a rain, displaying them like diamonds.
A Word to the Wise: Grow nasturtiums in well drained, poor to average soil in full sun and do not fertilize. Don’t plant the seeds too early in the spring – wait until the night temperatures are above 50.