hoary cress USDA PLANTS SYMBOL: LEDR
Lepidium draba (L.) Desv
Synonym(s): whitetop, globed-podded hoarycress, peppergrass, whiteweed

Hoary cress, or whitetop, is a perennial forb in the mustard family that can grow up to 2 ft. (0.6 m) tall. The leaves are soft, gray-green, 1.5-3 in. (3.7-7.6 cm) long with fine hairs and heart-shaped bases. The lower leaves tend to have more hairs than the upper leaves. The upper leaves clasp to the stem of the plant. Flowering occurs in early spring to early summer, when white, four-petaled flowers develop in clusters at the apex of the stem. The fruit are heart-shaped seed pods. Hoary cress invades rangelands, pastures, streambanks, and open forests primarily in the western United States, although it does occur in the East. It can form large infestations that can displace native species and reduce grazing quality. Hoary cress is native to Central Europe and Western Asia and was first introduced into the United States in the early 20th century.

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