One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A South American trailing plant with round leaves and bright orange, yellow, or red edible flowers that is widely grown as an ornamental.
- ‘These could be interspersed with edible flowers, trailing nasturtiums and orange Calendula would be musts.’
- ‘The garden is full of marigolds, pansies, dahlias, primulas and nasturtiums, as well as shrub roses and climbers.’
- ‘Edible flowers, such as nasturtiums, pansies, violets, and calendulas, are also good.’
- ‘For great foliage and color contrast, plant yellow nasturtiums around the outer rim of the planter.’
- ‘Examples of these are ivy (the variegated types look very pretty), trailing lobelia, nasturtiums and ivy leaf geraniums.’
Old English (originally denoting any cruciferous plant of the genus Nasturtium, including watercress): from Latin, apparently from naris ‘nose’ + torquere ‘to twist’.
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