Lepidium virginicum

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Scientific Name Lepidium virginicum USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Peppergrass ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Sandy soils along roadsides and other disturbed and waste areas.
Plant: Somewhat erect annual or biennial plant with single, multiply-branched stem, 6 to 24 inches tall.
Leaves: Variable from long (5 inch) basal and lower stem leaves, pinnatifid, to oblanceolate, with serrate segments; midstem leaves 1-1/2 inches long, oblong-lanceolate to lanceolate and serrate, to small, less than one-inch long linear leaves nearer the top.
Inflorescence: Small white flowers 1/16 to 1/8 inch across in dense, branched clusters 2 to 4 inches long borne laterally and terminally on the stems; 4 greenish-white sepals, and up to 4 petals white petals.
Bloom Period: February to July.
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, and SEINet.
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