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Shepherd's Purse

Capsella bursa-pastoris

Plant Data

Order:
Brassicales
Family:
Brassicaceae (Cabbage)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
White, forming loose clusters, 4 petals, 6 yellowish-green stamens.
Fruit:
Many distinctive heart-shaped fruits, up to 9mm wide. Many-seeded and stalked.
Leaves:
This is an overwintering flower. A basal rosette is present. The stem leaves are short-stalked and alternate along the stems. The leaves can be toothed or untoothed. They are linear in shape with arrow-shaped lobes at their bases.
Maximum Size:
50cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves and seeds can be eaten, raw or cooked. High in vitamin C, iron and calcium.
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:
Slightly fragrant.
Other Names:
Blind Weed, Caseweed, Chinese Cress, Cocowort, Common Shepherd's Purse, Lady's Purse, Locowort, Mother's Heart, Pick-pocket, Pick-purse, Poor Man's Parmacettie, Rattle Pouches, Sanguinary, Shepherd's Heart, Shepherd's Scrip, Shepherd's Sprout, Shovelweed, St James's Weed, Tabouret, Toywort, Witches' Pouches.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, lawns, meadows, roadsides, wasteland.