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Watercress

Nasturtium spp.

Also known as

Yellowcress, Water cress, Yellow cress

Nasturtium officinale BOGA by MurielBendel (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Watercress

A close up of some white Nasturtium flowers
A green Nasturtium plant in a garden with some white flowers
A group of green Nasturtium plant leaves

Watercress Overview

The genus Nasturtium has recently undergone reclassification, many species typically associated with this genus have been moved to the genus Tropaeolum, however they are still commonly referred to as Nasturtiums. This genus contains 4 species in the cabbage family, Brassicaceae. They produce delicate 4-petalled white flowers and edible green leaves. These plants are commonly known as Watercress or Yellowcress, the leaves have a tangy, peppery taste. Two of the most well-known species in this genus are Nasturtium microphyllum and Nasturtium officinale.

Common problems with Watercress

How to propagate Watercress

Seed

Cuttings

You can plant from cuttings or seed.

Special features of Watercress

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Watercress

Ground cover.