Nipplewort - Lapsana communis Nipplewort - Lapsana communis
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Herb: Nipplewort


Latin name: Lapsana communis


Family: Compositae



Edible parts of Nipplewort:

Young leaves and shoots - raw or cooked. They are best harvested before the plant comes into flower. The leaves can be added to salads, cooked like spinach or added to soups and casseroles. They have a bitter or radish-like taste.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Annual


Height:
90 cm
(2 feet)

Flovering:
June to
September

Habitat of the herb:

Waste ground, roadsides and walls, avoiding acid soils, in full sun or semi-shade.

Propagation of Nipplewort:

Seed - sow in situ during the spring or as soon as it is ripe and only just cover the seed. Plants usually self sow when they are well-sited.

Cultivation of the herb:

Waste ground, roadsides and walls, avoiding acid soils, in full sun or semi-shade.

Medicinal use of Nipplewort:

None known

Known hazards of Lapsana communis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.