Lepidium sativum

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Lepidium sativum, Linn. Garden Cress. Annual, 1-2 ft., glaucous when in fl. and fruits, glabrous: flowers small and inconspicuous, in an elongating raceme: pods nearly circular, bifid at the apex, winged: leaves exceedingly various, but usually the radical ones pinnately divided and subdivided, the central cauline ones 2-3-cleft, nearly to the base and the segms. entire or toothed, the uppermost simple and entire. W. Asia, but widely disseminated as a culture plant, and sparingly run wild in the northern part of the U. S. and Canada.—Under culture the foliage varies immensely. The curled sorts have leaves as finely cut as curled parsley. On Australian cress, which is a golden-leaved form, there are sometimes on the same plant broad-spatulate, ragged-edged leaves, cut leaves, and simple linear leaves

Other lepidiums are sometimes eaten, but are not in the trade and are of little importance. One of these is the common L. virginicum, Linn., wild in the U. S., and known as pepper-grass. CH

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