|Scientific Name||Lepidium virginicum||USDA PLANTS Symbol||LEVI3|
|Common Name||Peppergrass, Virginia Pepperweed||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||22955|
Life zones and habitat: Widely distributed in North America; in Colorado, plains to foothills (5000 to 9500 ft.); dry, usually open areas.
Plant: Erect, leafy annual 4 to 20 inches tall.
Leaves: Leaves alternate; lower leaves 2 to 6 inches long, spatulate to obovate, with a few pointed teeth along edges (pinnately lobed to dissected); upper leaves not clasping, smaller than lower leaves, linear to oblanceolate, tips pointed, sometimes toothed edges, sparsely hairy.
Inflorescence: Multiple clusters (racemes) up to 4 inches long with many small flowers each with 4 green sepals, 4 white petals nearly twice as long as sepals, and 2 to 4 stamens.
Bloom Period: May to August.
Fruit: Small, flattened round to elliptical green pod (turning brownish) about 1/8-inch long.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County