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Land Cress

Barbarea verna

Also known as

American Cress, Bank Cress, Belle Isle Cress, Early Cress, Early Winter Cress, Normandy Cress, Winter Cress, Yellow Cress, Yellow Rocket, American Wintercress, Common Wintercress, Early Yellowrocket, Scurvy-Grass

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

3 months to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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

Special features of Land Cress

Attractive flowers

Flowers are bright yellow, with 4 petals and these are produced in clusters on upright stems.

Other uses of Land Cress

Cullinary

It's young leaves have a hot spicy flavour that are frequently added to salads.

Vegetables to Grow Through Winter

These crops will keep growing throughout the winter if provided with some protection from the worst of the winter weather.

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