Wikijunior:Summer Flowers of Northern New England/Lepidium virginicum

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Virginia pepperweed
(Lepidium virginicum)
Virginia Pepperweed flowers
Virginia Pepperweed is not a stunningly pretty plant. The flowers are tiny and grow at the tip of the stem. After a while, the flowers mature and turn into seeds, but the stem grows some more, and new flowers appear at the tip. The seeds are round with a stripe running down the center from the notched tip to the stem. This is kind of a weedy plant, growing near sidewalks (sometimes between the cracks), next to fire hydrants, stop signs, and railroad tracks. Although the plant isn't very pretty to look at, it does have a secret, and its name gives a little hint about this secret. If you strip off a handful of the seeds, pop them into your mouth, and chew them up, you will see why they call it a Pepperweed!

Quick Facts:
Some people boil the seeds for ten minutes in a stew to add more flavor. Others just sprinkle the raw seeds and leaves on their salad. They are a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A.

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