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Rorippa sylvestris

 
Rorippa sylvestris
creeping yellow cress
Common name creeping yellow cress
Family brassicaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers yellow (late spring-summer)
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes prefers moist soil

Wildflower native to Europe, which has now colonized much of North America as well. It is at home in wetlands, and tolerates occasional flooding. Sure enough, I found most of ours in an area of the garden that stays plenty wet during late winter and early spring. Even before they bloom, they can be easily recognized by the deeply divided leaves, which give the whole plant a very frilly appearance. Not too hard to pull up, but quite prolific – so better not let this one go to seed.

This is a weed in our garden

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