Common name: Yellow rocket, wintercress
U.S. Distribution: Throughout northeastern U.S. and areas of Washington and Oregon
Height: Up to 2 ft.
Foliage: Dark green, glossy and thick; lower leaves have 1-4 pairs of lateral lobes with large terminal lobe. Upper leaves are alternate, toothed at base
Flowers: Small, yellow, 4 petals, arranged in racemes
Bloom time: May to August
Habitat: New meadows, clover fields, and cultivated land
Soil: Prefers rich alluvial soils
Other: Young leaves are edible raw in early spring,
but soon become bitter. The young flower heads look like small broccoli
and can be eaten after cooking. The plant is rich in vitamins A and C.
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