Other names: Virginian peppercress, peppergrass, poorman’s pepper
Life cycle: Annual
Found in: Cropland throughout the U.S.
General description: Erect plant with stems that spring up to 20" high from a basal rosette and white bottle-brush flowers.
Seedlings: Cotyledons are hairless and oval; leaves initially form in a basal rosette.
True leaves: Rosette leaves are hairless, oval and lobed and usually die off once stems are produced. Leaves along stems are lanceolate or linear.
Flowers and fruit: Flowers bloom at the ends of stems in a dense bottle-brush formation. Very small and white or greenish white. Fruit is a flattened rounded silicle with a notch at the end and a winged structure around it.