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PlantFiles: Rat-tail Radish, Serpent Radish
Raphanus sativus var. caudatus

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Raphanus (RAF-an-us) (Info)
Species: sativus var. caudatus

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jemfire On Jun 26, 2012, jemfire from Sunnyvale, CA wrote:

This plant is an annual, and grows like a weed in N. CA.....
It's flowers produce seed pods that can be eaten when young and taste like radish.... It's quite pretty, and manages to grow with only Ca seasonal winter / spring rains.......


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sunnyvale, California

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