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Hoary Cress (Cardaria draba)

Lepidium draba.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Hoary Cress
Cardaria draba

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is antiscorbutic[240].

    The seeds have been used as a cure for flatulence and fish poison[240]. It is assumed that this report is referring to food poisoning caused by eating suspect fish[K].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves and shoots – raw in salads or cooked as a potherb[2, 61, 105, 183]. A report says that the young leaves contain the toxin hydrogen cyanide, though does not give any more details[240]. In small quantities this substance is fairly harmless, and has even been recommended as having health benefits, but caution is suggested if you eat these leaves[K].

    The pungent leaves are used as a seasoning[183].

    The seed is used as a condiment, it is a pepper substitute[2, 17, 61, 74, 148, 183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow in situ in spring. There is very little need to encourage this plant, it is a rapidly spreading weed in Britain. Division in spring.
Succeeds in a sunny position in most soils.
Europe – Mediterranean to W. Asia. Naturalized in Britain[17].

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