Swine-cress - Lepidium coronopus

Alternative names
Swinecress, Coronopus squamatus

Low to short prostrate plant. Leaves mostly 1 to 2 pinnately lobed dark green and strap like. Flowers small, white 2 to 3 mm in short crowded racemes. Fruit kidney shaped, net veined.

Similar Species

Lepidium didymum

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Small plant, all leaves pinnate; not scented; with petals longer than sepals and 6 fertile stamens; fruit-stalks shorter than fruit

Recording advice

General photo of plant in habitat; close up of flowers and fruit


Waste ground, pathways and trampled ground, particularly field gateways.

When to see it

June to September.

Life History

Annual or biennial.

UK Status

Frequent throughout much of Britain, but mainly coastal in the North.

VC55 Status

Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 272 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Alien (archaeophyte), occasional

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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Species profile

Common names
Swine's Cress, Common Wart-Cress, Swine-cress
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
04/08/2008 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
10/08/2023 (Smith, Peter)

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