Search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists.
Search native plant database:
Flaigg, Norman G.
Lepidium virginicum L.
Virginia peppergrass, Virginia pepperweed, Peppergrass, Poor man's pepper
USDA Symbol: levi3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Tiny white flowers with 4 petals and only 2 stamens, arranged in elongated clusters.
This prolific weed is one of the most common pepperweeds. Its seeds have a peppery taste and can be used to season soups and stews; the young leaves are used in salads or cooked as greens. The hairy Field Pepperweed (L. campestre) has six stamens, leaves that clasp the stem, and fruiting pods longer than broad. Clasping Pepperweed (L. perfoliatum) is a striking species with minute yellow flowers, basal and lower leaves that are finely cut and fern-like, and circular upper leaves that wrap around the stem.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Leaf Shape: Obovate Leaf Margin:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
AK , AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , HI , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY Canada: BC
, ON Native Distribution:
Throughout much of North America, except Prairie Provinces and parts of far north. Native Habitat:
Waste places and roadsides. USDA Native Status: L48(N),
AK (I?), HI(I), PR(N), VI(I), CAN(NI)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Edible Native Plants for a Small Austin Garden
March 15, 2010
Hello Mr. Smarty Plants (or Mrs. or Miss, whomever is answering this go'round)!
First off, thank you so much for all the help you have given me in the past. Secondly, the company my husband works ...
view the full question and answer
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-0106
Collected 2007-06-04 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Recommended Species Lists
Find native plant species by state. Each list contains commercially available species suitable for gardens and planned landscapes. Once you have selected a collection, you can browse the collection or search within it using the combination search.
View Recommended Species page
Record Modified: 2010-03-14
Research By: TWC Staff