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  • Season: Perennial
  • USDA Zones: 5 - 11
  • Height: 12 - 24 inches
  • Bloom Season: Late spring to mid summer
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Environment: Partial shade
  • Soil Type: Varying soil types as long as they are saturated, pH 6.5 - 7.5
  • Temperature: 50 - 60F
  • Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
  • Light Required: No
  • Depth: 1/4 inch
  • Sowing Rate: 15 - 20 seeds per plant
  • Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
  • Plant Spacing: 9 - 12 inches

Watercress (Nasturtium Officinale) - Watercress seeds are grown for both a culinary herb as well as a medicinal herb. It is a succulent, leafy plant that thrives in marshes, bogs and water gardens. The lobed leaves can be eaten raw, cooked or dried. They have a pungent flavor and are crisp. Watercress needs to be harvested before the buds appear as the leaves turn bitter after flowering. It is a fast-growing plant that prefers partial shade. It produces white flowers in mid-summer which are very attractive to bees. Watercress plants are highly ornamental.

As a medicinal herb, Watercress has long been used to treat sore throats and sinus congestion. It is very rich in vitamins and minerals and in alternative medicine, it is used for a wide variety of ailments. Some other common names that Watercress herb is called are: water rocket, water radish, and hedge mustard. It is in the mustard family.

How To Grow Watercress From Herb Seeds: Start Watercress seeds for an indoor herb garden. Place the containers in a tray of water and keep the water constantly supplied. Fluorescent lamps or growing lights are needed. The herb seeds can be started indoors 6 weeks before the last expected frost and then transplanted outdoors. The ideal setting is along a pond or stream bank.