Watercress - Plant
Description for Watercress
Watercress is an aquatic plant species with the botanical name Nasturtium officinale. This should not be confused with the profoundly different and unrelated group of plants with the common name of nasturtium, within the genus Tropaeolum.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|garden cress||white||May to frost||1.00 to 2.00 feet||easy to grow|
Planting and care
Being semi-aquatic, watercress is well-suited to hydroponic cultivation, thriving best in water that is slightly alkaline.
It is frequently produced around the headwaters of chalk streams.
|Full sun to part shade||well-drained soil||Medium||55 degrees||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Watercress
- Keep soil moist at all times. Make sure there s always water in the plastic tray.
Trim the watercress.
Typical uses of Watercress
Special features: Simply plant into the 'mulm' or muddy shallows if planting in a bog garden, put on a shelf of your pond or plant it in a pot!
Culinary use: It is one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans.
Watercress has a pungent, slightly bitter taste, with a peppery snap.
It is popular in salads and as a garnish, and may be used in soups, salads, and diverse cooked dishes.
Watercress is one of the main ingredients in V8 Vegetable Juice.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: It acts as a mild stimulant and a digestive aid.
It also appears to have cancer-suppressing properties.
It is widely believed to help defend against lung cancer.
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