Common Wintercress (Barbarea vulgaris)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: up to 2 feet
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Salad greens
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Suitable for forage
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Self
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Steven J. Baskauf

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Unknown 'wildflower' by okgardens Jul 1, 2019 3:43 PM 5
Cabbage-like plant with yellow flowers? by Elmigo Jun 1, 2019 10:11 AM 2
I haven't an Inspector Clouseau clue...??? by Intheswamp Jan 18, 2019 5:22 PM 9
Rainbow Eucalyptus seedling? by Boxerbee Jun 8, 2018 4:42 PM 6
Weed or flower? by annatk May 10, 2017 6:17 PM 4
Has anyone seen this plant? by Linford Dec 4, 2017 11:58 AM 5
Need help identifying what type of flowers these are! by Gardengall Nov 5, 2016 9:02 AM 8

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