Land cress (Barbarea verna)
Winter cress, Upland cress, Peppergrass, Early yellow rocket, American cress, Watercress
B. verna ~ B. verna is a biennial (often grown as an annual herb or salad) whose young leaves have a hot, spicy watercress flavour and are delicious in salad.
Substitute for watercress which requires too much water for the ordinary gardener. Choose a shady spot and add compost or well rotted manure into the soil when digging. Sow thinly in late summer in drills 1cm (1/2in) deep spaced 30 cm (12in) apart.
Add to salads, Beds and borders, Flavouring food and drinks
Moist but well-drained
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Full Shade, Partial Shade
North, South, East, West
Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)
Thin out to 10cm (4 in) apart and keep weed free. Cut the cress regularly while it is still yound and this will encourage more growth. Break off any flower stems. If covered with a cloche can provide cuttings through winter.
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