Brassicaceae
Lepidium campestre

Field Peppergrass

Erect with basal rosette, densely hairy. Stem branched at top, leafy. Leaves in rosette with stalks 2–3 in. long, blade widely oval, entire or with toothed lobes on outer section of leaf. Stem leaves sessile or clasping, with lobes wrapped partway around stem. Flowers small, with narrow white petals, yellow anthers. Seedpod oval, concave on flattened side, notched with pointed style at top, flattened outer edge. Grows in disturbed places, fields, roadsides, at mid-elevations. Similar L. perfoliatum has upper leaves oval to round, with tiny teeth, completely surrounding stem; flowers yellowish, with tiny petals; seedpods on short stalks, tips notched, forming below as flowering continues.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual, Biennial
  • Height: 8--16 inches
  • Habitat: Meadow, Disturbed
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP
  • Native: No