Lepidium virginicum L.
Virginia peppergrass, Virginia pepperweed, Peppergrass, Poor man's pepper
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)
USDA Symbol: levi3
Tiny white flowers with 4 petals and only 2 stamens, arranged in elongated clusters.
This prolific weed is one of the most common pepperweeds. Its seeds have a peppery taste and can be used to season soups and stews; the young leaves are used in salads or cooked as greens. The hairy Field Pepperweed (L. campestre) has six stamens, leaves that clasp the stem, and fruiting pods longer than broad. Clasping Pepperweed (L. perfoliatum) is a striking species with minute yellow flowers, basal and lower leaves that are finely cut and fern-like, and circular upper leaves that wrap around the stem.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Leaf Shape: Obovate
Leaf Margin: Lobed
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: AK , AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , HI , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: BC , ON
Native Distribution: Throughout much of North America, except Prairie Provinces and parts of far north.
Native Habitat: Waste places and roadsides.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Pineywoods Native Plant Center - Nacogdoches, TX
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Patsy Glenn Refuge - Wimberley, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-0106 Collected 2007-06-04 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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From the ArchiveWildflower Newsletter 1994 VOL. 11, NO.6 - Wildflower Center Featured Non-Profit in Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, Dana Leav...
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lepidium virginicum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lepidium virginicum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lepidium virginicum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-03-14
Research By: TWC Staff