Category: Seminum | Sub-Category: Wildflowers
Scientific Name (Genus/Species): Lepidium virginicum
(A) to 2′. Poor-Man’s Pepper. A cute, native annual often found on disturbed sites, roadsides and meadow edges. The basal leaves resemble those of a classic cress whilst, the stem leaves become more linear and are alternately arranged with serrate to doubly serrate margins. Flowering occurs from April through November. The tiny, white, four-petalled flowers are arranged in terminal and lateral racemes, which elongate significantly as the flowers mature. A typical raceme will have a few flowers in bloom at the top, while below they have been replaced by seedpods at varying stages of maturity. Seed pods are oval silicles with a small notch at the apex. They dry to a brownish color, have a peppery taste and are enjoyed by wildlife and humans alike. Great for the meadow edge in full sun. Best sown in situ upon receipt.