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Weeds and Plant Identification
Shepherd's purse - Capsella bursa-pastoris

Rosette

Seedhead

Fruit
 

 
Shepherd’s purse Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medicus
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
 
Life cycle
Erect winter or summer annual.
 
Leaves
Leaves initially develop from a basal rosette. Basal leaves are stalked and highly variable in shape; young leaves are first roundedand elongated, becoming variously lobed, toothed to wavy. Smaller stem leaves are alternate with smooth to toothed margins andclasping bases.
 
Stems
Erect, slender, hairy, up to 2-foot-tall stems bolt from a basal rosette to flower. Flower stems are usually unbranched with few to no leaves.
 
Flowers and fruit
White flowers with four small petals are found in terminal clusters. Fruit are distinctly heart-shaped to triangular pods found on elongated, unbranched stems.
 
Reproduction
Seeds.

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