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Watercress

Nasturtium officinale

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, up to 7mm, forming clusters at the top.
Fruit:
A linear, straight or slightly curved pod, up to 3cm long. The reddish-brown, oval seeds are arranged in two rows.
Leaves:
The leaves are pinnate with between 3 and 9 narrowly oval leaflets. Terminal leaflets are the largest leaflets. The leaves are not hairy and reach a maximum of 4 inches long. The stems and leaves may float on water, or be aerial.
Maximum Size:
60cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves can be eaten, raw or cooked. The seeds can be eaten too. They make a good addition to salads. Very nutritious. This plant is very high in iron.
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:
The leaves smell when crushed.
Other Names:
Brown Cress, Greencress, Indian Cress, Tall Nasturtium.
Habitats:
Ditches, ponds, water, waterside, wetland.