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Uses

Toxic parts

There is a report that ingestion of the leaves can lead to kidney malfunction[1].

Edible uses

Notes

Young leaves - raw or cooked like spinach[2][3][4][5][6][7]. A hot cress-like flavour[8]. Young leaves are chopped up finely and added to salads, older leaves can be used as a potherb but they are rather strong and are best cooked in one or two changes of water[8]. The leaves are available all year round, even in the winter, especially if the weather is mild[7][9]. To increase the productivity of the plants, remove the flowering stems as they appear (they can be eaten like the leaves[K]) and pick the outer leaves as the plant regrows[10]. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity. Young flowering stems - harvested before the flowers open and cooked like broccoli[8].

Flowers

Leaves

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Barbarea vulgaris.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The leaves are vulnerary and have been used as a poultice for treating wounds[11][12]. A tea made from the leaves is appetizer, antiscorbutic and diuretic[1].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 3 weeks. Division in spring. his plant is a short-lived perennial, and also usually self-sows freely, so we have not found division to be worthwhile.

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Cultivation

Succeeds in sun or shade in a moist well-drained soil[13][14]. Tolerates a pH in the range 4.8 to 7.5.

The plant can continue to grow all winter, especially if the weather is mild[8]. A short-lived perennial[13], though plants usually self-sow freely when in a suitable position[K]. There is at least one named form, developed for its ornamental value. 'Variegata' has variegated leaves and grows less strongly than the type[8].

A good bee plant[15].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Barbarea vulgaris. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Barbarea vulgaris.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Barbarea vulgaris
Genus
Barbarea
Family
Brassicaceae
Imported References
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
6
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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