Medium-flowered Winter-cress - Barbarea intermedia


    Short to medium plant. Basal leaves with 3 to 5 pairs of lateral lobes, uppermost pinnately lobed. Flowers yellow, 5 or 6 mm. Fruit short, 1 to 3 cm.

    Similar Species

    other Barbarea; other yellow crucifers

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Basal leaves pinnate; seed-pods appressed (folded up against stem); upper leaves pinnate or pinnately lobed > halfway to midrib; fruits smaller than American winter-cress Barbarea verna (c. <4mm)

    Recording advice

    General photo of plant in habitat; details of basal and stem leaves.


    Damp habitats, wasteland, roadsides and streamsides.

    When to see it

    Flowers May to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Locally established throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Scarce or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 8 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Alien (neophyte); scarce

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map