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Lepidium densiflorum - Schrad.

Common Name Common Pepperweed
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry soils[235]. Meadows, pastures, arable land, waste places, walls etc[9]. Sandy soils in disturbed areas in Texas[274].
Range N. America - Maine to British Columbia, south to Virginia, Texas and Nevada. Casual in Britain[17].
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Lepidium densiflorum Common Pepperweed


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 166.
Lepidium densiflorum Common Pepperweed
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lepidium densiflorum is a ANNUAL/BIENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). It is in flower from May to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds; East Wall. In. South Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Seed;  Seedpod.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[172, 177]. A hot cress-like flavour, they are used in spring and early summer, the young leaves are best[9]. Immature seedpods - a hot pungent taste, they are used as a flavouring[9]. Seed - used as a mustard-like flavouring[172]. The pungency of mustard develops when cold water is added to the ground-up seed - an enzyme (myrosin) acts on a glycoside (sinigrin) to produce a sulphur compound. The reaction takes 10 - 15 minutes. Mixing with hot water or vinegar, or adding salt, inhibits the enzyme and produces a mildly-pungent but bitter mustard[238].

Medicinal Uses



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Analgesic;  Kidney.

The leaves have been chewed in the treatment of headaches[257]. An infusion of the plant has been used in the treatment of kidney problems[257]. It has also been used as a dietary aid for a person trying to lose weight[257].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring or late summer in situ. Germination should take place within 3 weeks.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Lepidium incisum 10
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Lepidium meyeniiMaca53
Lepidium nitidumShining Pepperweed, Howell's pepperweed20
Lepidium oleraceum 20
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Lepidium rotundumVeined Peppercress20
Lepidium ruderaleNarrow Leaved Peppergrass, Rroadside pepperweed21
Lepidium sativumCress, Gardencress pepperweed31
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