Barbarea vulgaris, also called as Bittercress, Herb Barbara, Rocketcress, Yellow Rocketcress, Winter Rocket, and Wound Rocket, is a biennial herb native to Europe.
During the autumn and winter, the plant has only a basal rosette of glossy leaves. As it bolts and flowers in the spring, it also has pinnately divided leaves arranges sparsely on the stem. The yellow flowers are borne in dense terminal clusters above the foliage in spring. It grows to about 8-32 inches.
It is naturalised in many parts of North America as a weed. Winter Cress prefers moist, disturbed fields.
Greens are edible and have a similar taste to other mustard greens, but become sour when the plant bolts.
- Mowing: Effective
- Cultivation: Cultivation is effective for seedlings.
- Mulching (for prevention): Mulches provide good control
- Pre-emergents (organic): Corn Gluten Meal, applied starting in late summer.
- Disposal: Hot piles only if seeds are present
Pests and Diseases
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