Field Pepperwort - Lepidium campestre


The white flowers are small and numerous in dense, terminal racemes. There are 2, 4 or 6 stamens. The fruit is a silicula, laterally compressed. The valves have a wing or keel. Upper stem leaves are numerous, and arrow shaped often toothed.

Similar Species

Lepidium heterophyllum

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Oval/rounded oblong fruits with apical wings to which the style is fused; style shorter than or equal to notch at apex of fruit; lower and middle leaves entire or slightly lobed

Recording advice

Either obtain confirmation from a County Recorder before submitting a record, or submit detailed images showing key features.  We recommend that you take and retain a specimen; the County Recorder may wish to see this for confirmation. (RPR)


Cultivated land, grassland, roadsides, walls and wasteland.

When to see it

May to August.

Life History

Annual, biennial and perennial herbs.

UK Status

England Red List: Near Threatened

VC55 Status

In the Flora of Leicestershire (Primavesi & Evans, 1988) it was found in 10 of the 617 tetrads, but not recorded in the Flora of Rutland (Messenger 1971).

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Alien (archaeophyte); rare.  

It is on the local VC55 Rare Plant Register (Hall & Woodward, 2022) as Locally Scarce

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Common Pepperwort, Field Pepperwort
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
13/05/2011 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
11/06/2023 (Higgott, Mike)

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