Field Pennycress

Thlaspi arvense

Family Cruciferae (Brassicaceae)

Notable Features
Leaves: Leaves small and spear-like toothed* and alternate*; up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) long.
Seedpods/ Flowers: Small, four-petaled white flowers appear May through July and leave behind small penny-shaped seedpods. The seedpods have a deep notch at the very top and are circular throughout; remain indefinitely upon the plant.
Size/ Shape: A small, low-growing, herbaceous* and waste-area plant that does not usually exceed heights of 18 inches (45 centimeters).

Location on Campus

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Eastern side of X-Lot, bordering the stairs that lead from the Ziv Quadrangle to the parking lot.

Young leaves can be collected and added to salad, or can be boiled for 10 minutes and eaten as a cooked green. Also, the dried seedpods can be added to hot soups and stews or used as a seasoning for other foods that require a sharp, peppery taste.

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