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Nipplewort

Lapsana communis

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Yellow flowers with short outer bracts. The many tiny flowers are in sparse clusters on slender stalks.
Fruit:
A light brown, curved and flat seed (achene). Up to 4mm in length.
Leaves:
Oval leaves, toothed and often lobed at the base.
Maximum Size:
100cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The young leaves and shoots are edible, raw or cooked. Cook them in a similar way as you would cabbage. It tastes similar to radish but more bitter. They can be eaten in soups and salads.
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:
Ballogan, Bolgan-leaves, Common Nipplewort, Dock-cress, Holgan Weed, Poor Man's Friend, Succory Dock, Succory Dock-cress, Swine's Cress.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, hedgerows, lawns, meadows, roadsides, scrub, walls, wasteland, woodland.