Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Field Pepperweed - Lepidium campestre   (L.) W.T. Aiton
Members of Brassicaceae:
Members of Lepidium with account distribution info or public map:
Google Images
Section 6 » Order Capparales » Family Brassicaceae
Show/Hide Synonym
Author(L.) W.T. Aiton
DistributionThroughout the Mountains and Piedmont, absent from the Sandhills, scarce on the Coastal Plain.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. throughout most of the U.S. and southern Canada.
AbundanceFrequent to common in the Mountains and Piedmont; rare in the Coastal Plain; absent from the Sandhills.
HabitatFields, barnyards, roadsides, railroads, gaslines, powerlines, disturbed soils.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting March-June.
IdentificationField Pepperweed grows up to 1.5 feet tall, the stem densely hairy. The leaves stand erect or strongly ascending, sessile, lance-shaped and a bit wider at the base of the leaf, the margins not toothed. The flowers are small and white; the fruits ovate to rather rotund, widely winged. L. perfoliatum differs in its yellow petals, deeply clasping stem leaves, and pinnatifid basal leaves (vs. toothed). The native L. virginicum has similar white flowers but has narrower leaves, with petioles.
Taxonomic Comments
Other Common Name(s)
State RankSE
Global RankGNR
State Status
US Status
County Map - click on a county to view source of record.

View Mapping Selection Options
Select a source
Select an occurrence type