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Austrian Yellowcress

Rorippa austriaca

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Brassicaceae (Cabbage)
Also in this family:
Alpine Pennycress, Alpine Rock-cress, American Wintercress, Annual Wall Rocket, Awlwort, Bastard Cabbage, Black Mustard, Bristol Rock-cress, Charlock, Common Scurvygrass, Common Whitlowgrass, Coralroot, Creeping Yellowcress, Cuckooflower, Dame's-violet, Danish Scurvygrass, Dittander, Early Wintercress, Eastern Rocket, English Scurvygrass, Evergreen Candytuft, False London Rocket, Field Pennycress, Field Pepperwort, Flixweed, Garden Arabis, Garden Candytuft, Garden Cress, Garden Radish, Garden Rocket, Garlic Mustard, Glabrous Whitlowgrass, Gold of Pleasure, Great Yellowcress, Greater Cuckooflower, Greater Periwinkle, Greater Swinecress, Hairy Bittercress, Hairy Rock-cress, Hairy Rocket, Hairy Whitlowgrass, Hedge Mustard, Hoary Cress, Hoary Mustard, Hoary Stock, Hoary Whitlowgrass, Honesty, Horseradish, Hutchinsia, Hybrid Watercress, Intermediate Periwinkle, Isle of Man Cabbage, Large Bittercress, Lesser Swinecress, London Rocket, Lundy Cabbage, Marsh Yellowcress, Mountain Scurvygrass, Narrow-fruited Watercress, Narrow-leaved Bittercress, Narrow-leaved Pepperwort, Northern Rock-cress, Northern Yellowcress, Oilseed Rape, Perennial Rocket, Perennial Wall Rocket, Perfoliate Pennycress, Pinnate Coralroot, Purple Rock-cress, Pyrenean Scurvygrass, Rock Whitlowgrass, Russian Rocket, Scottish Scurvygrass, Sea Kale, Sea Radish, Sea Rocket, Sea Stock, Shepherd's Cress, Shepherd's Purse, Small-flowered Wintercress, Smith's Pepperwort, Steppe Cabbage, Swede, Sweet Alyssum, Tall Rocket, Thale Cress, Tower Mustard, Treacle Mustard, Trefoil Cress, Turnip, Wall Whitlowgrass, Wallflower, Wallflower Cabbage, Warty Cabbage, Watercress, Wavy Bittercress, White Mustard, Wild Cabbage, Wild Candytuft, Wild Radish, Wild Turnip, Wintercress, Woad, Yellow Whitlowgrass
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Meadows, riverbanks, riversides, roadsides, wasteland, waterside, wetland.

Yellow, 4 petals
The tiny flowers appear inside a cluster at the top of the plant. The flowers are smaller than those of the similar looking Great Yellowcress (Rorippa amphibia). The flowers of Austrian Yellowcress measure about 2 to 4mm in size.
A short, globular pod. The fruit stalk is much longer than the fruit itself. Many seeded.
A perennial plant with blueish-green leaves. The upper leaves are jaggedly toothed and clasp their stems. The leaves are hairless, up to 10cm (4 inches) long.
Other Names:
Austrian Fieldcress.
Frequency (UK):

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Rorippa austriaca, also known as Austrian yellowcress, is a perennial herb that belongs to the Brassicaceae (mustard) family. It is native to Europe and Asia, and typically grows in damp meadows, along streams, and in other wet habitats. The plant has small, yellow flowers and lobed leaves. It is considered a common weed in many parts of Europe and Asia, but is also used as a medicinal herb in traditional medicine.


Austrian Yellowcress, also known as Rorippa austriaca, is a perennial herb that belongs to the Brassicaceae family. It is native to Europe, particularly in Austria and the surrounding regions. This herb can be found growing in damp or wet habitats, such as meadows, marshes, and along the banks of streams and rivers.

The herb has a rosette of basal leaves that are deeply lobed and have a bright green color. The leaves are edible and have a slightly bitter taste, similar to other members of the Brassicaceae family. The yellow flowers of Austrian Yellowcress bloom in the spring and summer and are a common sight in wetland areas.

Austrian Yellowcress is not commonly used in culinary applications, but it can be used as a substitute for other bitter greens such as watercress or arugula. The leaves can be added to salads, sandwiches, and soups, and they can also be used as a garnish.

In addition to its culinary uses, Austrian Yellowcress also has some medicinal properties. The leaves and flowers of the herb contain compounds such as flavonoids and phenolic acids that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies have also suggested that Austrian Yellowcress may have potential as a natural remedy for conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Despite its potential benefits, Austrian Yellowcress is not widely cultivated or used in traditional medicine. More research is needed to fully understand the potential health benefits of this herb.

In conclusion, Austrian Yellowcress, Rorippa austriaca is a perennial herb native to Europe, that can be found growing in damp or wet habitats, It has a rosette of basal leaves that are deeply lobed and have a bright green color, the leaves are edible and have a slightly bitter taste, it has some medicinal properties, but it is not widely cultivated or used in traditional medicine.

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