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Shepherd's Purse (WA) — Capsella bursa-pastoris — Family: Brassicaceae — Mustard

© Copyright 2004-2017, Ronald Calhoun.
© Copyright 2004-2017, Ronald Calhoun.
© Copyright 2004-2017, Ronald Calhoun.
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Shepherd's purse is a winter annual with a basal rosette of lobed leaves and a long flowering stalk. Leaves become more deeply lobed as they mature. Due to extremely long-lived seeds and an affinity for disturbed soil, it is most often a weed of new seedings established between mid-August and the end of September. Shepherd's purse flowers early in the spring. The white flowers are inconspicuous but the flat, heart-shaped seed capsules can persist until removed with a mower. Shepherd's purse will not persist in an established dense turf.