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PlantFiles: Mountain pepperweed
Lepidium montanum

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lepidium (lep-PID-ee-um) (Info)
Species: montanum (MON-tah-num) (Info)

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

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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

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Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive oldmudhouse On Aug 17, 2006, oldmudhouse from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

The USDA database lists this native plant as a biennial, but other sources list it as a perennial. Found in semi-desert, foothills, and mountain areas, including Pinon/Juniper woodlands as well as Creosote or Sage scrub communities. This is a highly variable plant depending on location. Tiny white flowers in summer, and the basal leaves are usually withered at blooming time. Stems may be multiple or single. In my area (southern New Mexico) this plant has a very open and airy appearance. A delicate plant that looks at home among desert plants.


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

Las Cruces, New Mexico

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