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Hedge Mustard

Sisymbrium officinale

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
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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:
70 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Farmland, hedgerows, meadows, roadsides, wasteland, woodland.

Flower:
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Yellow, 4 petals
 
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.
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.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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