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Garden Cress

Lepidium sativum

Also known as

Cress, Common garden cress, Pepper grass

Berro, Múnich, Alemania, 2013-04-01, DD 01 by Diego Delso (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








4 months to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A downward looking image of a tray of green cress shoots.
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A close up of germinating brown cress seeds  and the new green shoots.
A close up of the flower stem of garden cress

Garden Cress Overview

Lepidium sativum is better known as Cress or Garden Cress. This plant is an edible annual herb that is closely related to watercress and mustard. Its peppery taste makes it a popular addition to salads, sandwiches and soups. The young shoots (sprouts) can be harvested after one or two weeks of sowing and are a good source of vitamins A, C and K.

Common problems with Garden Cress

Generally pest and disease-free.

    How to harvest Garden Cress

    Cut sprouts when they are 5cm tall or if growing in the ground at any time. The flowers and seeds are also edible.

    How to propagate Garden Cress


    Press seeds into containers lined with wet tissue/cotton wool and cover with a see through top. Ensure the growing medium is not waterlogged, but does not dry out. Seeds should appear within 1 to 7 days. Seeds can also be sown outdoors in spring once the soil has warmed up.

    Special features of Garden Cress

    Attractive flowers

    Crop rotation

    Indoor plant

    Edibles to Sow Under Cover in November

    Grow these on a sunny windowsill or heated propagator for winter picking.

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