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Lepidium ruderale - L.

Common Name Narrow Leaved Peppergrass, Rroadside pepperweed
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Waste places and by waysides, generally by the sea and especially in E. Anglia[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to the Mediterranean and southwest Asia.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Lepidium ruderale Narrow Leaved Peppergrass, Rroadside pepperweed


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Lepidium ruderale Narrow Leaved Peppergrass, Rroadside pepperweed
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lepidium ruderale is a ANNUAL/BIENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs). The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - raw or cooked. A hot cress-like flavour[177].

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Medicinal Uses

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Hypotensive  Skin

The plant is used in the treatment of impetigo[240]. An aqueous extract of the herb causes a drop in blood pressure and depresses respiration[240].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring or late summer in situ. The seed should germinate within 3 weeks.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

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 apetalum Annual/Biennial0.3 -  LMHSNM22 
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Lepidium chilense  0.0 -  LMHSNM10 
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Lepidium diffusum  0.0 -  LMHSNM20 
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Lepidium iberis Annual0.3 -  LMHSNM11 
Lepidium incisum Annual0.2 -  LMHSNM10 
Lepidium intermedium Annual/Biennial0.3 -  LMHSNM20 
Lepidium latifoliumDittander, Broadleaved pepperweedPerennial1.2 5-9  LMHSNM311
Lepidium meyeniiMacaPerennial0.1 0-0  LMHSNM530
Lepidium nitidumShining Pepperweed, Howell's pepperweedAnnual0.3 0-0  LMHSNM202
Lepidium oleraceum Perennial0.0 -  LMHSNM20 
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Lepidium rotundumVeined PeppercressPerennial0.2 -  LMHSNM20 
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Lepidium spp.Perennial LepidiumPerennial1.2 3-10 FLMHSNM532
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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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