Wild Florida Photo - Lepidium virginicum - Virginia pepperweed

Lepidium virginicum

Virginia pepperweed
Wild peppergrass

Florida native

Volusia Co. FL 04/25/20
Volusia Co. FL 04/25/20
Volusia Co. FL 04/25/20

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A common herb of disturbed sites in nearly all of Florida. Native to the entire continental United States and Puerto Rico. Introduced in the Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Alaska and parts of Canada.
The pinnately compound or deeply dissected basal leaves are usually absent when this plant is flowering. The stem leaves are alternate, oblanceolate and may be entire or coarsely toothed. The small white four-petaled flowers appear in racemes in the upper portion of the plant. The distinctive fruit is a notched, orbicular silicle with one red-brown seed in each of the chambers.


Lepidium virginicum is a member of the Brassicaceae - Mustard family.

Date record last modified: Apr 26, 2020

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