shepherd's purse

Capsella bursa-pastoris

Weed Characteristics

Other Names: shepherdspurse, shepherd's-purse, shepardspurse, shepherds-bag, case weed, pick-purse

Leaf Type: Broadleaf

Flowers: White

Leaves: Pointed leaves with irregular edges; dense hair

Life Cycle: Winter Annual

Forms a rosette of lobed, toothed leaves at the base. Stems rise to about 1 ft. and are topped with clusters of small white flowers. Seed capsules have a distinctive, triangular shape. This member of the broccoli family is one of the first plants to flower in spring.

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