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Lapsana communis - L.

Common Name Nipplewort, Common nipplewort
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Waste ground, roadsides and walls, avoiding acid soils, in full sun or semi-shade[5, 9].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to N. Africa, western and central Asia.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Lapsana communis Nipplewort, Common nipplewort


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Lapsana communis Nipplewort, Common nipplewort
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lapsana communis is a ANNUAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to September, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies). The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats

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

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Young leaves and shoots - raw or cooked[2, 5, 17, 100]. They are best harvested before the plant comes into flower[9]. The leaves can be added to salads, cooked like spinach or added to soups and casseroles[9, 183]. They have a bitter or radish-like taste[183].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

A fairly common garden weed, nipplewort will maintain itself in the garden so long as it is given some disturbed soil in which to self-sow. It is a fairly tolerant plant that succeeds in most soils, so long as they are not too acid, and dislikes heavy shade. It was at one time cultivated as a vegetable[17].

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Propagation

Seed - sow in situ during the spring or as soon as it is ripe and only just cover the seed. Plants usually self sow when they are well-sited.

Other Names

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Found In

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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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Botanical References

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