Irish wildflowers sitemap





Shepherds Purse
Capsella bursis-pastoris
Lus an sparáin
Family: Brassicaceae

Flowering time: January-December. Annual/biennial. Native.

Small white flowers in erect racemes. Distinctive fruit, flat, triangular to heart-shaped. Basal leaf rosettes, pinnately lobed or undivided. Upper leaves stem-clasping. Slender, branched, variable plant, hairy or non-hairy. Height: 10-40 cm.

Abundant. Roadsides, waste ground, gardens.

Similar: Thale Cress, Arabidopsis thaliana
     


    
Photographs above: Macroom, Co.Cork. August 2006

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