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Sisymbrium officinale

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sisymbrium (sis-SIM-bree-um) (Info)
Species: officinale (oh-fiss-ih-NAH-lee) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


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6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

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


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Nick1 On Mar 10, 2009, Nick1 from Plainfield, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted (Zone 6B, Central NJ) these a few years ago from seed. Not a bad looking plant, but spreads rapidly.

Is used in herbal medicine (diuretic, expectorant, laxative). The leaves can also be eaten.

Neutral melody On Feb 18, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

A hairy plant with most of the leaves in the lower half and branches in the upper part ending in racemes of small yellow flowers.

Found along roadsides, in fields and vacant lots throughout Canada and the US in the West. Most frequently west of the Cascade Range and Sierra Nevada.


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

Plainfield, New Jersey

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