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Perennial Pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium)

Seed pods of Perennial Pepperweed.
Seed pods of Perennial Pepperweed.

Pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium L.), is a perennial plant. It is a member of the mustard and cabbage family. It is also known as Pepperwort or Peppergrass.

Native to southern Europe, Mediterranean countries and Asia as far east as the Himalayas, it is an introduced species in North America, where it grows throughout the United States and Mexico.

Perennial Pepperweed normally grows to between 1 and 3 feet, but may grow as tall at 6 feet. The plants have numerous woody stems, alternating waxy leaves and clusters of small white flowers. It produces small (1.6 mm) fruits, each containing two reddish seeds.

Bryan Dallolio and Roger Batt stand in an infestation of Perennial Pepperweed.
Bryan Dallolio and Roger Batt stand in an infestation of Perennial Pepperweed.

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