Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.
Scientific name: Lepidium virginicum L.
Common name(s): Virginia pepperweed, Virginia peppergrass, Virginian peppercress, peppergrass, poor man’s pepper, poorman’s pepperwort, poor-man’s pepperweed
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– annual or biennial
– initially forms basal rosette with lobed leaves
– may be confused with L. densiflorum or L. sativum; see left sidebar on Go Botany webpage
-man made disturbed areas
-leaves are edible
-used in salads
Go Botany. “Lepidium Virginicum L.” Lepidium Virginicum (Poor-Man’s Pepperweed): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/lepidium/virginicum/.