23rd February 2013

Another newly emerging plant spotted in amongst a patch of Hairy Bittercress, this is Nipplewort Lapsana communis. It is an annual plant and a  member of the daisy family.

The name comes from it recorded use on the continent in treating ulcers of nipple. It can be found on roadsides, hedgerows, woodland margins etc. and is quite resistant to frost and cold temperatures.

Nipplewort amongst Hairy Bittercress

Later in the year it will grow up to a metre in height and produce yellow, small Dandelion like  flowers.

The leaves are edible raw or cooked, but can sometimes be a bit bitter raw.

Kev Palmer

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