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Brassicaceae (Mustard) Family

formerly Cruciferae

Flowers form a cross with four sepals and four petals; stamens six, with one pair shorter than the others; stiles short or absent; fruit is a modified capsule called a silique (si-lek) when long and slender and a silicle (sil-e-kel) when short.

Plants of this family typically do not persist in managed turfgrass. Most are winter annuals that disappear with routing mowing and fertilization. For this reason they are often classified as establishment weeds.

Shepherd's Purse
Capsella bursa-pastoris


Yellow Rocket
Barbarea vulgaris

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