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Common Name: Narrow Leaved Peppergrass
Lepidium ruderale is a Annual/Biennial up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to the Mediterranean and southwest Asia.
Waste places and by waysides, generally by the sea and especially in E. Anglia[
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils.
Young leaves - raw or cooked. A hot cress-like flavour[
The plant is used in the treatment of impetigo[
]. An aqueous extract of the herb causes a drop in blood pressure and depresses respiration[
Seed - sow spring or late summer in situ. The seed should germinate within 3 weeks.