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- Species name: Indian cress
- Family: Flower
- Plants per square patch: 1
- Height: About 25cm tall with tendrils reaching up to 3 meters long
- Sowing time: Mid-April and May
- Sowing depth: 2 to 3 cm
- Germination: About 15°C in 7 to 15 days
- Time to bloom: 8 to 10 weeks
- Sunlight: Can grow in sun as well as semi-shade
What's so special about Indian Cress?
Indian cress is an excellent neighbor plant: It's a natural trap for aphids, carrot flies, and whiteflies. It also lures white cabbage caterpillars away from vulnerable vegetables.
Bees and butterflies also love it.
The flowers, young leaves, and even the seeds are edible.
Sowing and growing Indian Cress
Growing Indian Cress is a cinch. The seeds just need plenty of water and some warm weather to germinate.
This plant produces long tendrils. It's best to sow your Indian Cress in a patch on the side of your raised bed: the shoots can then continue growing outside of the bed.
If your plant grows out of control or if older tendrils start looking gross, no problem. Just cut away whatever bothers you: these guys can handle extreme pruning.
Step-by-step sowing and growing instructions for our Indian Cress are in the Planty Gardening app.
How do you use it?
The edible flowers brighten up any salad. They have a fresh and tangy taste, as do the young leaves. Go ahead and add the leaves to your salad too, why not? :-)
The seeds can be pickled with vinegar.
If you have a cold, give a young leaf a chew. It's good for your immune system and helps soothe a sore throat.