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Tropaeolum x 'Jewel Mix' 'Jewel Mix' Nasturtium, 'Jewel Mix' Watercress

Edward F. Gilman, Ryan W. Klein, and Gail Hansen


Nasturtium is an uncommon plant occasionally seen in the garden center. Plants display round leaves on long petioles emerging from a shortened stem. Bright, showy, red or orange flowers are held among the foliage and remain partially hidden from view.

Leaf and Flower - Tropaeolum x 'Jewel Mix': 'Jewel Mix' nasturtium, 'Jewel Mix' watercress
Figure 1. Leaf and Flower - Tropaeolum x 'Jewel Mix': 'Jewel Mix' nasturtium, 'Jewel Mix' watercress
Credit: Edward F. Gilman, UF/IFAS

General Information

Scientific name: Tropaeolum x 'Jewel Mix'

Pronunciation: troe-PEE-oh-lum

Common name(s): 'Jewel Mix' nasturtium, 'Jewel Mix' watercress

Family: Tropaeolaceae

Plant type: annual; herbaceous

USDA hardiness zones: all zones (Figure 2)

Planting month for zone 7: Jun; Jul

Planting month for zone 8: May; Jun

Planting month for zone 9: Mar; Apr; Oct; Nov

Planting month for zone 10 and 11: Nov; Dec; Jan; Feb; Mar

Origin: not native to North America

Invasive potential: may self-seed each year

Uses: container or above-ground planter; mass planting; edging; border; culinary; attracts hummingbirds; hanging basket

Availability: somewhat available, may have to go out of the region to find the plant

Shaded area represents potential planting range.
Figure 2. Shaded area represents potential planting range.


Height: 1 to 1.5 feet

Spread: 1 to 2 feet

Plant habit: round

Plant density: dense

Growth rate: moderate

Texture: coarse


Leaf arrangement: most emerge from the soil, usually without a stem

Leaf type: simple

Leaf margin: undulate; lobed

Leaf shape: orbiculate

Leaf venation: palmate

Leaf type and persistence: not applicable

Leaf blade length: 2 to 4 inches

Leaf color: green

Fall color: not applicable

Fall characteristic: not applicable


Flower color: red; orange

Flower characteristic: summer flowering; flower season is longer in zones 9-11


Fruit shape: no fruit

Fruit length: no fruit

Fruit cover: no fruit

Fruit color: not applicable

Fruit characteristic: inconspicuous and not showy

Trunk and Branches

Trunk/bark/branches: not applicable

Current year stem/twig color: not applicable

Current year stem/twig thickness: not applicable


Light requirement: plant grows in part shade/part sun

Soil tolerances: occasionally wet; acidic; sand; loam; clay

Drought tolerance: moderate

Soil salt tolerances: unknown

Plant spacing: 12 to 18 inches


Roots: not applicable

Winter interest: not applicable

Outstanding plant: not particularly outstanding

Pest resistance: long-term health usually not affected by pests

Use and Management

The plant can be used along a walk or as a border at the edge of a landscape bed. The foliage stays fresh looking provided the plants receive some afternoon shade. They look best when provided with occasional irrigation when the weather gets dry.

Plants are useful in salads. Both flowers and foliage can be eaten and are quite nice. Surprise guests by picking bright flowers from the garden and include them in the salad.

Publication #FPS-591

Release Date:February 5, 2024

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About this Publication

This document is FPS-591, one of a series of the Department of Environmental Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date October 1999. Revised October 2023. Visit the EDIS website at for the currently supported version of this publication.

About the Authors

Edward F. Gilman, professor emeritus; Ryan W. Klein, assistant professor, arboriculture; and Gail Hansen, professor, sustainable landscape design; Department of Environmental Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.


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