Wild Radish - Raphanus raphanistrum subsp. raphanistrum


    Medium to tall rough, bristly plant. Lower leaves pinnately lobed, upper leaves unlobed: blunt toothed. Flowers white (sometimes yellow but never violet/purple as in Garden Radish) often with darker veins, 15 to 30 mm. Fruit beaded, 30 to 90 mm.

    Identification difficulty

    Cultivated and bare ground, roadsides.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    Life History

    Annual or biennial.

    UK Status

    Found fairly frequently throughout Britain, though many plants are probably casuals.

    VC55 Status

    This plant may now be becoming scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland, where it has declined rapidly. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 249 of the 617 tetrads.

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