Garden Radish - Raphanus sativus

    Alt Name
    Cultivated Radish

    Fairly erect plant to 90 cm tall. Leaves are lobed, with a larger, rounded, terminal lobe and smaller, paired lower segments. Irregularly toothed. Flowers have four white to pink or violet petals and four sepals. The plant is grown in gardens for its fleshy, edible taproot.

    Identification difficulty

    Usually found as a casual garden escape, often close to habitation, or on rubbish tips or waste ground.

    When to see it

    May flower at any time during the warmer months of the year.

    Life History

    An annual or biennial herb.

    UK Status

    Widespread as an occasional casual in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare or under recorded casual in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in only 1 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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