Reading the definition of peeperweed, it seems benign enough. Classified as Lepidium densiflorum it is a species of flowering plants in the mustard family. Along with pepperweed this “plant” is also called prairie peppergrass.
It is common and widespread in the United States. Some think of pepperweed as a weed rather than a plant.
It is considered an annual plant with short, erect branches that can grow up to one foot. The leaves grow at the base of the stem and can be about four inches long. The leaves higher up on the stem tend to be smaller. Tiny flowers might be seen on the plant though there are no petals.
Why is this important to know? Pepperweed has been seen in Cohasset, MA. It is an aggressive plant and is not a native plant. It is known to create thick stands, which destroy habitats that are important for many animals.
Pepperweed is threatening the ecology of our salt marshes. Once spring comes you may see pepperweed. Please call 781-659-8168 to report your sighting.
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