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Lepidium oleraceum - Forst.

Common Name
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats By the coast on North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands[44].
Range New Zealand.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Lepidium oleraceum


Lepidium oleraceum

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Lepidium oleraceum is a PERENNIAL. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
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[46, 153]. A hot cress-like flavour, they can be added to salads or used as a pot-herb[2]. High in vitamin C[173].

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Medicinal Uses

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Vitamin C

None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and are not sure if it will be hardy in Britain, though one report says that it has been cultivated for its edible leaves in Britain[2]. Assuming it is hardy, then it is likely to be very easily grown and will succeed in most soils in full sun or light shade.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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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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Readers comment

Mike Bradstock   Fri Oct 10 08:34:23 2003

Known in its native New Zealand as 'Cook's scurvy grass'. Extremely rare in the wild owing to its palatability to grazing mammals, snails, slugs, aphids and cabbage butterflies. More details of cultivation, photos etc on website listed below

Link: Heritage Foods

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