Garden cress - 50 seeds

Garden cress - 50 seeds

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Genus Cress’s species grow in temperate and subtropical climates, as well as tropical mountain ranges around the world. As indigenous wild plants they can usually be found in mountain meadows, rocky outcrops, and salty ground, but many species have also made themselves at home around inhabited, cultivated areas. Garden cress is probably native to Egypt and the Middle East: it is an old cultivated plant that has however spread far and wide with people and made itself at home in civilized countries outside its natural habitat. Garden cress is eaten as a spring green in salads, and its seeds are used to make mustard. The Mustard family includes a whole group of plants that are important to humans for nutrition, and many feral species’ leaves are good to eat early in the season. Species in the family usually contain chemical repellents to defend themselves against attackers, so they have adapted well as plants for human consumption

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  • Family: Mustard Family – Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)
    Growing form: Annual or biennial herb.
    Height: 20–40 cm (8–16 in.). Stem upper part branched, glabrous, bluish green.
    Flower: Corolla regular (actinomorphic), pinkish, approx. 0.5 cm (0.2 in.) across; petals four, 2–3 mm (0.08–0.12 in.), long. Sepals 4. Stamens usually 6 (sometimes 4). Gynoecium fused, a single carpel. Inflorescence an elongating raceme in fruiting stage.
    Leaves: Alternate. Blade compound-lobed, uppermost leaves almost pinnately lobed–pinnate, sometimes entire.
    Fruit: Two-seeded, elliptic, flat, tip broadly winged, with notched tip, grey, approx. 6 mm (0.24 in.) long silicula. Stalk quite erect, 5–8 mm (0.2–0.32 in.) long.
    Habitat: Rubbish tips, wasteland, roadsides, bird-feeding places, yards, gardens.
    Flowering time: June–August.