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Lesser Swinecress

Lepidium didymus

Plant Data

Order:
Brassicales
Family:
Brassicaceae (Cabbage)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Minute flowers, up to 1mm across, white and forming compact clusters at leaf bases.
Fruit:
The flowers develop into tiny, globular fruits with orangish-red seeds.
Leaves:
Pinnate, feathery-looking. Starts off growing in a basal rosette but eventually just becomes a tangled mess of stems and leaves.
Maximum Size:
30cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves can be eaten, raw or cooked. It has a hot cress-like taste.
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:
Pungent leaves.
Other Names:
Bitter Cress, Lesser Wart-cress, Swine Wartcress, Swine Watercress, Twin Cress, Wart Cress.
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, lawns, parkland, roadsides, seaside, wasteland.