Land Cress (Barbarea verna)

Biennial
B. praecox. (Sm.)R.Br. Campe verna.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Land Cress
Barbarea verna
Cruciferae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – raw, cooked or used as a seasoning[1, 2, 33, 37, 52]. A hot, spicy watercress flavour, they are delicious in salads[183, 244]. Leaves can be obtained throughout the year if autumn-sown plants are given a light protection in winter[1].

    An edible oil is obtained from the seed[46, 52, 61, 183].

    The seed can be sprouted and added to salads etc[183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring to September in situ at 3-weekly intervals to provide a succession of leaves. Germination usually takes place within 2 – 3 weeks.
Succeeds in sun or shade in a moist well-drained soil,[200] growing well on a north facing wall[33, 52]. The summer crop is best if it is given some shade whilst the winter crop succeeds in sunny positions[1, 200]. Land cress is often cultivated as a salad plant, when it is usually treated as an annual[46]. It can supply leaves all year round from successional sowings[1]. In hot weather plants soon run to seed unless they are kept shaded and moist[183]. The leaves taste much hotter in the summer[K]. Plants usually self-sow freely when growing in a suitable position[K].
S.W. Europe. Naturalized in Britain[17].

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