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PlantFiles: Garden Cress, Pepper Cress
Lepidium sativum 'Wrinkled Crinkled Crumpled'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lepidium (lep-PID-ee-um) (Info)
Species: sativum (sa-TEE-vum) (Info)
Cultivar: Wrinkled Crinkled Crumpled

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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2 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CurtisJones On Nov 3, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: Also known as Pepper Grass, this cross of two heirlooms - Persian broad leaf and Curly cress gives a crisp zing to salads & sandwiches. Its upright 12"-20" stems make cutting easy. Makes a great substitute for parsley as a garnish. This garden cress (Lepidium sativum) likes to be evenly moist but does not require as much water as water cress (Nasturtium officianale).

Positive essentialplanet On Jun 22, 2007, essentialplanet from Wilsonville, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I love this cress. It is very spicy, really sets off a blast of flavor in your mouth. I like munching on it as I walk about the garden, and it is a great addition to a salad.

Sow at 2 week intervals to keep a contining supply.


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

Longmont, Colorado
Wilsonville, Oregon
Logan, Utah

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