Shepherd's Purse

(Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Shepherd's Purse

Seedling Leaves Flowers Fruit
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Growing habits: Erect winter annual or biennial herb

Root anatomy: Fibrous roots from slender taproot

Leaf anatomy: Leaves arranged in rosette at base then alternate above, dissected, lobed or cleft segments, arrow-shaped, leaves get smaller apically

Reproduction: Elongated raceme inflorescence, petals white, entire, arranged in a cross; heart-shaped fruits

References: Weeds of the South by Charles T. Bryson and Michael S. DeFelice