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Lepidium apetalum 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 to E. Asia - China and Korea.
Steppes, solonetzic soils, roadsides and weed-infested places[
]. Roadsides, slopes, waste places, ravines, plains and fields at elevations of 400 - 4800 metres in China[
We have almost no information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of the country. This species is closely related to L. ruderale[
]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Succeeds in most soils.
Young leaves - raw or cooked[
]. A hot cress-like flavour.
The seed is antiasthmatic, antitussive, diuretic and purgative[
]. The seed is also cardiotonic[
]. A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of asthma, coughs, nausea, oedema and pleurisy[
The root is decocted with other herbs and used as an expectorant[
The plant contains antibacterial substances[
An extract of the seeds is used as an ingredient in commercial cosmetic preparations as a bleach and skin conditioner[
Seed - sow spring in situ. Germination should take place within 3 weeks.