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Wintercress

Barbarea vulgaris

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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:
90 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Ditches, farmland, grassland, hedgerows, meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, rocks, wasteland, waterside.

Flower:
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Yellow, 4 petals
 
Bright yellow compact flower clusters on ridged stalks. 4 petals. Individual flowers are small, up to 9mm.
Fruit:
Long, narrow, erect, many-seeded, curved fruit pods. 4-edged and hairless.
Leaves:
The leaves form a basal rosette and stem leaves are also present. The stem leaves alternate along the stem. The topmost stem leaves are stalkless. The leaves are lobed and the terminal lobe is very large. The margins of the leaves are either wavy or straight (entire).
Aroma:
Faintly aromatic.
Other Names:
Bitter Wintercress, Bittercress, Common Wintercress, Garden Yellowrocket, Herb Barbara, Herb of St Barbara, Rocketcress, Wound Rocket, Yellow Rocket, Yellow Rocketcress.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
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