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Nasturtium 'Alaska' is a very quick-growing climber, with a mixed colour cascade of flowers, cream, yellow orange and red, brilliant for picking for a small table centre and excellent at the centre of a flower bed to bring in lots of good insects (ladybirds, lacewings, hoverflies and bees) to control the bad. They’re also delicious.
Nasturtium 'Alaska' is the perfect plant for covering walls and arches, particularly in poor ground. This variety is more interesting than many, with lovely cream dappled, variegated leaves that look great in a salad as well as the flowers.
Plant it in the veg patch as a companion plant to repel white fly and attract black fly away from cabbages and broad beans. It has an intense flavour reminiscent of capers.
Try Sarah's Smoked haddock and nasturtium fishcakes recipe - delicious served with green salad straight from the garden.
|Type:||Half-hardy annual climber|
|Sowing:||Direct sow in March- May about 2cm deep in lines or blocks 20cm apart. They thrive in poor soil. Can be sown under cover and planted out|
|Final Thinning/Planting Distance:||10-15cm apart Will scramble over a framework.|
|Site:||Full sun, well-drained soil||Height:||210-240cm (7-8ft)|
|Flower production:||4-5 months||Care tips:||The flowers and foliage are edible. Feed and deadhead to prolong the flowering period.|