Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Field Pepperweed (Lepidium campestre): Images

Date Location Notes Images
May 10, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire I had thought that there were only a few of these types of plants with little seed pods growing in a whorl around the stem. Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris), Virginia Pepperweed (Lepidium virginicum), and Field Pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) are the ones I knew about. But apparently, there are many others. In order to differentiate this plant from other in the Lepidium genus:
  • Seed pod cover is smooth.
  • Seed pod cover has a notch at the top.
  • Leaves clasp the stem and sometimes the lower leaf blades are pinnately compound.
  • Style barely extended beyond the seed pod notch (if at all).