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Smith's Pepperwort

Lepidium heterophyllum

Plant Data

Order:
Brassicales
Family:
Brassicaceae (Cabbage)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Dense spikes of tiny white flowers. Each flower consists of 4 widely spaced petals with violet-coloured anthers. The petals are longer than the sepals.
Fruit:
The smooth fruit capsules are oblong and the upper parts consist of a circular, flattened pod. At the top of each pod is a distinctive projecting style. Each pod contains an ovoid, dark brown seed. The fruit of Smith's Pepperwort is more oval and has got longer beaked pods than the similar-looking Field Pepperwort.
Leaves:
A low sprawling perennial plant with greyish-green, arrow-shaped, pointed leaves. The basal leaves are long-stalked. Smith's Pepperwort has hairy stems.
Maximum Size:
45cm tall.
Other Names:
Hairy Pepperwort, Poor Man's Pepper, Smith's Cress.
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, hedgerows, wasteland.