Plant A Day – Field Pepperweed

Field Pepperweed Lepidium campestre

Field Pepperweed
Lepidium campestre

What can you say about pepperweed other than the seeds can be ground up and taste peppery.  I suppose the seeds of every plant in the world have been ground up at some time to see how they taste, and the pepperweed’s seeds were the most like peppercorns (Piper nigrum – Piperaceae).

Pepperweed has the shape of a bottlebrush.  To distinguish it from other bottlebrush-looking plants, look closely at the pods and leaves.  The leaves clasp the stem.

Field Pepperweed has the shape of a bottle brush

Field Pepperweed has the shape of a bottle brush

The pods are small and disk shaped

The pods are small and disk shaped

The leaves clasp the stem

The leaves clasp the stem

Where there's one, there are generally many

Where there’s one, there are generally many

Closer look at the flowers

Closer look at the flowers

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