Small-flowered Winter-cress - Barbarea stricta

Alternative names
Upright Yellow-rocket

Very similar to other Barbarea species. B. stricta has quite pale yellow flowers and hairy buds. Grows upright and little-branched to 90cm high.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Either obtain confirmation from a County Recorder before submitting a record, or submit detailed images showing key features.  We recommend that you take and retain a specimen; the County Recorder may wish to see this for confirmation. 


Moist places by rivers, ditches, canals and marshes.

When to see it

Flowering May to July or later.

Life History

A biennial or perennial herb.

UK Status

Occasional scattered records from across England.

VC55 Status

Infrequent and local in Leicestershire and Rutland. Mainly confined to the lower Soar Valley where it can be locally frequent.

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

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Species profile

Common names
Small-Flowered Land-Cress, Small-flowered Winter-cress, Lesser Yellow Rocket
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
04/05/2022 (Smith, Peter)
Last record:
04/05/2022 (Smith, Peter)

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