Tropaeolum 'Black Velvet'

Nasturtium - Tropaeolum  'Black Velvet'

Common Name: Nasturtium
Genus: Tropaeolum
Cultivar: 'Black Velvet'

Category: Fruit & Vegetables
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: TenderHeight: 0.30 m (30 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

This compact, non-trailing nasturtium has deep-red flowers that have a velvety texture and look almost black in low light. They appear in great profusion over a prolonged period and the best display is produced when they are grown in full sun with poor soil. The grey-green foliage provides a wonderful contrast to the intense flower colour. The leaves and flowers can both be eaten. The leaves have a peppery flavour that adds a little oomph to salads while the flowers make an attractive garnish.

  • Garden care: Soak the seeds overnight and then sow an early crop under glass in good seed compost covering lightly. Maintain the temperature between 13-16C and water when necessary. When large enough to handle pot on or acclimatise slowly and plant outside after all risk of frost has passed. Alternatively sow directly outside in mid to late spring. These plants flower best in poor soil so take care not to over-fertilise. Dead-heading regularly will also encourage an even better display.

  • Sow: March-June

  • Flowering: June-September

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