The Garden Cress.

Botanical name: 

Nasturtium hortense.

A COMMON garden plant, raised for sallads. It is two feet high: the stalk is round and firm, and of a bluish green; the leaves are divided into segments, and the flowers are small and white; but the full grown plant is not seen at our tables; we eat only the leaves rising immediately from the root. These are large, finely divided, of a bright green, and sharp. Cresses eaten in quantity are very good against the scurvy. The seeds open obstructions.

The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.