Pest Information

Virginia Pepperweed

Virginia Pepperweed

  • Latin Name: Lepidium Virginicum
  • Common Name: Virginia Pepperweed
  • Other Names: Poor man's pepper, pepper-grass, Virginian peppercress

Pest Details

Virginia Pepperweed
Virginia Pepperweed
Virginia Pepperweed


Native to the east coast of North America, and now found throughout much of the U.S.


A winter or summer annual, reproducing from seeds that germinate in late summer or early fall. May sometimes be a biennial that grows only the basal rosette of leaves the first year. A problem weed in almost any situation, including crops, landscape, roadsides and waste areas. It is tolerant of dry, compacted soils.


Mature plants grow to almost 2 feet tall, with a primary stem and multiple branching off of it. The stems terminate with the small white flowers, and as the seed capsules mature they remain on the stems to give it a bottle-brush appearance. Leaves are narrow and elongate, up to 2 inches long. The lower leaves tend to fall from the plant as it matures.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

Annuals that may persist through the winter. Seed germination is early fall.

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