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Common Name: Shining Pepperweed
Lepidium nitidum 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 source of materials.
Western N. America - Washington to California.
Open places below 900 metres in California[
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 and flowering tops - raw or cooked[
]. A hot cress-like flavour, they can be cooked and used as greens[
]. Used as a flavouring[
A decoction of the plant has been used as a hair wash to keep the scalp clean and prevent baldness[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Germination should take place within 3 weeks.