American cress Barbarea verna

American cress


B. verna is a biennial producing a rosette of dark green, deeply-lobed leaves which may be used as a watercress substitute. In spring or summer of its second year it produces upright stems with clusters of small, yellow, four-petalled flowers

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      American cress bank cress Belle Isle cress early cress early winter cress land cress Normandy cress winter cress yellow cress yellow rocket see more

    • Common names

      Barbarea praecox

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Foliage type


    • Height

      0.1-0.5 metres

    • Spread

      0.1-0.5 metres

    • Hardiness zones


  • sunLight

    Full Sun, Partial Shade

  • scissorsPruning

    No pruning needed

  • bambooSoil

    Loam, SoilClay

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Hardiness zone

      Cottage & Informal Garden

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propagation

  • insectPests

    May be attacked by flea beetle

  • microbeDiseases

    Generally disease free