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Field Pennycress

Thlaspi arvense

Plant Data

Order:
Brassicales
Family:
Brassicaceae (Cabbage)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
4 white petals, yellow anthers, clustered together in an erect spike at the top of the flower.
Fruit:
The fruits are a distinguishing feature. Each fruit is a heart-shaped, flat, roundish, winged pod with a clearly defined notch at the top. They have a diameter of 2cm's maximum.
Leaves:
The alternate leaves have wavy, or slightly toothed margins. Initially they start from a basal rosette before maturing. The leaf bases clasp their stems.
Maximum Size:
45cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The young leaves are edible, raw or cooked. They are bitter-tasting. The leaves are good for cooking and using in soups, or used as a mustard substitute. High in protein. The seeds are also edible.
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.
Aroma:
Foetid.
Other Names:
Bastard Cress, Dish Mustard, Fanweed, Frenchweed, Mithridate Mustard, Penny-grass, Stinkweed, Treaclewort.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, grassland, meadows, roadsides, wasteland.