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Lepidium iberis is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
S. Europe to the Himalayas.
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 at least in the milder parts of the country. 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 plant is rubefacient. It is applied externally in the treatment of rheumatism[
The seeds are used in the treatment of dropsy[
The seeds of the sub-species L. iberis alba are used in Indian medicine[
]. No more details are given.
Seed - sow spring in situ. Germination should take place within 3 weeks.