Plant A Day – Creeping Yellowcress

Creeping Yellowcress Rorippa sylvestris

Creeping Yellowcress
Rorippa sylvestris

Creeping Yellowcress isn’t too hard to identify.  After you determine that it is one of the yellow cresses, just note that the flowers are larger than the other cresses, the plants are found in wet areas, and it creeps along the ground.

It is not native to North America.  It is more associated with disturbed areas.  Since people do most of the disturbing of areas, this plant has followed people around the world for a long time and it’s hard to know exactly where it’s native range, some suggest the broadleaf forest belt of Europe.

Cress shaped flowers

Cress shaped flowers

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The fruits develop on the lower parts of the flower stalk while it continues to bloom on the upper parts

The fruits develop on the lower parts of the flower stalk while it continues to bloom on the upper parts

Finely divided leaves

Finely divided leaves

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