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Common Name: Nipplewort
Lapsana communis is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.90 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
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.