BCP/Capsella bursa-pastoris


Capsella bursa-pastoris


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Profile for Capsella bursa-pastoris (Shepard's Purse)
Identifying Characteristics
Flowers:The white flowers are arranged in loose racemes. They are radially symmetrical with four petals.
Foliage:The basal leaves are lanceolate and dentate.
Growing Conditions:Grows in gardens, lots, fields, waste grounds, and embankments with soils that are not too dry and that provide enough sunshine.
Fruit:Heart-shaped fruit is a flat and triangular pod. It is attached to the stalk by its pointed end, projecting erect.
Similar Plants:Lepidium virginicum
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Global data:
Temperate zone season(s): Late Spring

Regional data:
Southeastern Pennsylvania: (invasive or naturalized) May
New Hampshire: May, June, October, November
Prague, Czech Republic: (kokoška pastuší-tobolkaOctober, May
Leipzig Lowlands, Saxony, Germany: May

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This page is a profile for the plant species Capsella bursa-pastoris, used to collect records of where and when this plant was observed blooming, and for providing identification information for use in dichotomous keys. If you would like to help collect data for this or other plants, see Bloom clock project/How to Contribute for orientation.