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Plant Profile  
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Common Name: Pepperweed

Other Names: Peppergrass, Virginia Pepperweed

Species Name: Lepidium virginicum

Plant Type: Forb

Family Name: Brassicaceae, Mustard Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Annual or biennial
Distribution in the U.S. Throughout the country
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Recognized by profuse branching at top
    • Leaves at base serrated becoming thinner and smooth-edged near the top
    • Plant may branch or not branch


    • Seed heads column-like
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Leaf Type: Simple 
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate 
    • Leaf Shape: Linear
    • Stipules: Absent
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 4, unfused
    • Flower Color: White
    • Flower Timing: March-July
    • Fruit Type: Silicles



Soil Type Varying
Habitat Recently disturbed soil such as construction sites, feedlots, right-of-ways and waste sites
Successional Stage Early


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