Watercress

Nasturtium officinale

Find this plant in Hortus Dijkspark.

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Watercress - You do not feel half-asleep The answer you planted into the thirtieth of thirty plant beds in the Dijksgracht park, part of the Twijfel Zaaien/Raising Doubts project. Latin name: Nasturtium Officinale Artist family: Neutral 123 Zaden, Zadenbank Velt

Description

Watercress is a rapidly growing, aquatic or semi-aquatic, perennial plant native to Europe and Asia, and one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans. It is currently a member of the family Brassicaceae, botanically related to garden cress, mustard, radish and wasabi—all noteworthy for their piquant flavor. The hollow stems of watercress are floating, and the leaves are pinnately compound. Small, white and green flowers are produced in clusters and are frequently visited by insects.