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Common Name: Nipplewort
Lapsana communis is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.90 metres tall.
It has edible uses.
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to N. Africa, western and central Asia.
Waste ground, roadsides and walls, avoiding acid soils, in full sun or semi-shade[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Lepidoptera, Self
A fairly common garden weed, nipplewort will maintain itself in the garden so long as it is given some disturbed soil in which to self-sow. It is a fairly tolerant plant that succeeds in most soils, so long as they are not too acid, and dislikes heavy shade.
It was at one time cultivated as a vegetable[
Young leaves and shoots - raw or cooked[
]. They are best harvested before the plant comes into flower[
]. The leaves can be added to salads, cooked like spinach or added to soups and casseroles[
]. They have a bitter or radish-like taste[
Seed - sow in situ during the spring or as soon as it is ripe and only just cover the seed. Plants usually self sow when they are well-sited.