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Horseradish

Armoracia rusticana

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Brassicales
Family:
Brassicaceae (Cabbage)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, riverbanks, roadsides, seaside, wasteland, wetland.

Flower:
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White, 4 petals
 
Numerous flowers, appearing in trusses. Individual flowers are up to 1cm across.
Fruit:
Egg-shaped and stalked. The stalk is at least 1cm long.
Leaves:
The glossy and wavy leaves are dock-like in appearance. The leaves are alternate, slightly toothed and occasionally deeply toothed. Perennial. In Britain, Horseradish is most common in England.
Aroma:
The leaves smell like horseradish sauce when crushed in the fingers.
Other Names:
Pepper Root, Pepper Turnip, Red Cole.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Distribution Map

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