Flixweed - Descurainia sophia


    Medium to tall hairy plant. Leaves grey-green, 2 or 3 pinnately lobed, fern like. Flowers pale yellow, small (3 mm) petals shorter than sepals. Fruit very slender, 8 to 45 mm curving, sometimes almost erect.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    This is rare in VC55 so a photo is needed for verification.  Photograph whole flowering plant in habitat


    Waste places, tips, spoil heaps or on light, sandy disturbed soils.

    When to see it

    Flowers June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Infrequent but widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 7 of the 617 tetrads.

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

    It is on the local VC55 Rare Plant Register

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map