Also known as
American Cress, Bank Cress, Belle Isle Cress, Early Cress, Early Winter Cress, Normandy Cress, Yellow Cress, Yellow Rocket, American Wintercress, Common Wintercress, Early Yellowrocket, Scurvy-Grass, Early winter cress
Barbarea verna 2017-05-05 9591 by Salicyna (CC BY-SA 4.0)
3 months to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Land Cress Overview
Barbarea verna is a biennial species that produces dark green leaves in a rosette which are often grown as a watercress substitute as it requires less water and is easier to grow. Provided with plenty of water, land cress will grow in any garden in full sun, but unlike watercress it will not cope with being submerged for long periods. Grown since the 17th century, it is native to southern Europe and western Asia, but has naturalized in temperate regions throughout the world.
Common problems with Land Cress
How to harvest Land Cress
Can be cropped all year round by staggering sowing dates.
How to propagate Land Cress
Seed or division in spring.
Special features of Land Cress
Flowers are bright yellow, with 4 petals and these are produced in clusters on upright stems.
Other uses of Land Cress
It's young leaves have a hot spicy flavour that are frequently added to salads.
Edibles to Sow Under Cover in December
Grow these on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator for winter picking.
Salad: autumn sown varieites
These tasty leaves can be sown outdoors in September and under-cover over winter