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Shepherd's Purse

Capsella bursa-pastoris

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:
50 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, lawns, meadows, roadsides, wasteland.

Flower:
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White, 4 petals
 
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.
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.
Frequency (UK):
Abundant  
Similar Species:
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