Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Stem
Seeds or Nuts
Dynamic Accumulator: Ca (Calcium)
S (Sulfur)
Na (Sodium)
Resistances: Tolerates foot traffic
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Self


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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 23, 2016 1:14 PM

A weed, but it's edible. The tips of the flower stems taste like broccoli, though they are tiny.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Bug Identity by McCannon Apr 8, 2017 6:21 PM 2
White-flowered plant, possible U.S. native by Muddy1 Apr 17, 2017 4:25 PM 20
New data field: Dynamic Accumulators by dave Jul 28, 2014 9:00 PM 3
First Day of Spring part 1 by Horntoad Apr 1, 2014 8:12 AM 4
Help with weed ID's part two by bennysplace May 26, 2013 12:48 PM 11

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