Broadleaf Pepperweed
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Broadleaf Pepperweed
P Native Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Broadleaf Pepperweed, Perennial pepperweed, Broadleaved pepperweed, Pepperwort, Peppergrass, Dittander, Dittany, Tall whitetop
Botanical name: Lepidium latifolium    Family: Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Synonyms: Nasturtium latifolium, Crucifera latifolia, Cardaria latifolia

Broadleaf Pepperweed is a perennial herb that can grow 1-5 ft. tall. A rosette of leaves develops with 10-30 cm long and 2.5-5 cm wide, toothed leaves. Plants emerge from thick, minimally branched roots or semi-woody crowns. Individuals remain as a rosette for several weeks before the stem elongates. Rosette leaves are long stalked. Stem leaves are alternate, 2.5-7.6 cm long and oblong. Flat, dense clusters of flowers develop at the tip of the flowering stem. Individual flowers are 4-petaled and white. The fruit is a round to oval, hairy capsule that is 1.5 mm in diameter. It contains a single seed. Broadleaf Pepperweed is native to Temperate Eurasia, N. Africa, Arabian Peninsula to the Himalaya. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Chris Chadwell Photographed in Leh, Ladakh.

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