Tropaeolum majus is a species of flowering plant in the family Tropaeolaceae, originating in the Andes from Bolivia north to Colombia. An easily-grown annual with disc-shaped leaves and brilliant orange or red flowers.
Nasturtium is an annual to short-lived perennial plant. It can vary in habit from a dwarf plant growing only 30cm tall, to a climbing plant with stems up to 3.5 metres long. The stems scramble over the ground and into the surrounding vegetation, supporting themselves by twisting their leaf stalks around the plants. A very ornamental and free-flowering species, the nasturtium is commonly grown in flower gardens around the world. There are many named ornamental varieties, some of which are low-growing forms that do not climb. The plant also provides edible leaves, flowers and seeds, has various local medicinal applications and insect repelling properties.