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Hedge Mustard

Sisymbrium officinale

Plant Data

Order:
Brassicales
Family:
Brassicaceae (Cabbage)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
4 pale yellow petals. Flowers in clusters on stalked erect spikes. 6 stamens, 4 sepals.
Fruit:
The linear fruits are pressed closely to the stem and are up to 2cm long. Many-seeded.
Leaves:
Alternate and stalked leaves. Pinnately lobes, roughly triangular in shape. The bases of the leaves are arrow-shaped.
Maximum Size:
70cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves, seeds and young shoots are all edible, raw or cooked. Tastes like a bitter-flavoured cabbage.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Bank Cress, Bank Weed, Californian Cress, Common Hedge Mustard, Common Sisymbrium, English Water Cress, Hairypod Hedge Mustard, Hedge Tumble Mustard, Hedgeweed, Indian Hedge Mustard, Oriental Rocket Mustard, Singer's Plant, Tumbling Mustard.
Habitats:
Farmland, hedgerows, meadows, roadsides, wasteland, woodland.