Horse-radish - Armoracia rusticana

Alternative names
Horse Radish

Tall, stout, hairless, stoloniferous plant with a large broad tap root. Basal leaves large, oblong, toothed and quite erect. Stem leaves small and short stalked. Flowers white 8 to 9 mm many in broad panicles. Fruit rounded, inflated 4 to 6 mm on slender stalks.

Identification difficulty

Fields, roadsides, stream sides etc.

When to see it

May to June.

Life History


UK Status

Frequent in England and Wales, much less so in Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 380 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map