Lepidium virginicum
Family: Brassicaceae
common peppergrass, poor-man's-pepper, Virginia pepper-weed
Lepidium virginicum image
Gary Fewless  
Etymology: Lepidium: from the Greek lepidion, meaning "a little scale," in reference to the shape of the fruit pods
Plants: erect, annual/biennial, 4"-20" tall forb
Leaves: lower leaves sharply toothed to pinnately-divided; upper leaves not clasping
Flowers: white, 4-parted, petals about twice as long as the sepals; inflorescence many, to 4" long clusters (racemes) of stalked flowers; blooms May-July
Fruits: broadly-elliptical pod widest below the middle and notched at the tip fruit drawing
Habitat: dry to moist; fields, roadsides, disturbed areas
Conservation Status: Native