Shepherd's-purse - Capsella bursa-pastoris

Alternative names
Shepherd's Purse
Description

Low to medium plant, basal leaves in a lax rosette, lanceolate pinnately lobed. Flowers small white 2 to 3 mm in lax, often branched racemes. Fruit triangular-heart-shaped 6 to 9 mm.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Common weed of cultivated land, bare places, waysides etc.

When to see it

Almost throughout the year.

Life History

Annual plant sometimes overwintering.

UK Status

Very common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 597 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Alein (archaeophye) frequent

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Species profile

Common names
Shepherd's-purse
Species group:
Wildflowers
Kingdom:
Plantae
Order:
Brassicales
Family:
Brassicaceae
Records on NatureSpot:
296
First record:
12/05/2006 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
20/02/2024 (Pugh, Dylan)

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