Field Pepperwort


An erect, tall member of the cabbage family that thrives on thin, bare soils.


 

 

When we first moved to Dorset we were fortunate to soon make some new friends who invited us round to their place for tea one Sunday afternoon. As out hosts showed us round their garden I was somewhat concerned to see the flower beds in places were full of field pepperwort (Lepidium campestre). Field pepperwort is a vigorous weed of cultivation and spreads quickly through the masses of seeds it produces. What was I to say? Fortunately the wife of the couple said "I like this flower but I don't know what it is" at which point I was able to tell her. When we next saw their garden there was no trace of the field pepperwort!

Field pepperwort is one of those wild flowers that is not that common but where it does occur there is a lot of it. Certainly the wild and waste places around Wareham have a good amount of it as does, or at least could be, our garden. It certainly thrives on thin, bare soils and gardens, arable fields, waste ground, even paths and gutters are ideal for it.

An erect, tall plant, often growing a couple of feet tall with flowers at the top of the stem and seed heads bellow, quite typical of the cabbage or crucifereae family. It flowers from May until August. 


 

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Common Name Field Pepperwort
Scientific Name Lepidium campestre
Family Cabbage family - Cruciferae
Status Locally frequent
Interest Level
1/5
Related Species - CLICK TO VIEW Cabbage Family - Crucifereae
Flower Colour Group White
Flower Visible
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
Look for Medium erect plant with seed heads along the centre stem

This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
BA: Arable farmland Associated
BF: Fringes - roadsides, bare ground & wasteland Associated
Name of species Field Pepperwort
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