Shepherd's-purse - Capsella bursa-pastoris

    Alt Name
    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

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map