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PlantFiles: American Cress, Belle Isle Cress, Early Yellow-rocket, Land Cress, Scurvy Grass, Upland Cress
Barbarea verna

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Barbarea (bar-BAR-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: verna (VER-nuh) (Info)

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9 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
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Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Susan_C On Jan 31, 2008, Susan_C from Alameda, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This was in a spicy greens mix I sowed a few years ago. The other members of the mix are long gone, but this one has naturalized in the garden. It is not invasive, just seeds enough to provide me with some greens for the kitchen. Because it is so happy here, I am trying the variegated form of Barbarea vulgaris, 'Variegated Winter Cress' this year.

Positive Farmerdill On Mar 30, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Upland or dryland cress is a delicious boiled green. In the mid-Atlantic states the boiled green is known as Creasy Salet. It is typically sown in August and harvested in March. It is one of the earliest spring greens forming a rosette of leaves that lie close to the ground. With warmer weather it bolts, sending up a seedhead with yellow flowers. Available from Merrifield Gardens.


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

Alameda, California
Menifee, California
Augusta, Georgia
Valley Lee, Maryland
Millersburg, Pennsylvania
Radford, Virginia
Troy, Virginia

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