|Scientific Name||Lepidium virginicum||USDA PLANTS Symbol||LEVI3|
|Common Name||Peppergrass, Virginia Pepperweed||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||22955|
|Description||Habitat: Sandy soils along roadsides and other disturbed and waste areas.
Plant: Somewhat erect annual or biennial plant with single, multiply-branched stem, 6 to 24 inches tall; stems minutely pubescent below and smooth above.
Leaves: Variable from long (5 inch) basal and lower stem leaves, pinnatifid, to oblanceolate, with serrate segments; midstem leaves 1-1/2 inches long, oblong-lanceolate to lanceolate and serrate, to small, less than one-inch long linear leaves nearer the top.
Inflorescence: Small white flowers 1/16 to 1/8 inch across in dense, branched clusters 2 to 4 inches long borne laterally and terminally on the stems; 4 greenish-white sepals, and up to 4 white petals that are longer than the sepals.
Bloom Period: March to May.
Fruit: Flat, round siliques with a small dent at the end, on pedicels 1/4 to 1/2-inch long.
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, and SEINet.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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