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Shepherd's Purse
Capsella bursa-pastoris

Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) Other common names: Medic

Other scientific names: Bursa bursa-pastoris, Thlapsi bursa-pastoris

French names: Bourse--pasteur

Family: Mustard Family (Brassicaceae)

Flowers: 4 parts (petals)

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas

Grows in Sun/Shade: Sun

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 150   

Native/Non-native: Non-native

Photographs: 72 photographs available, of which 7 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Shepherd's Purse flowers.

Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Typical growth habit of Shepherd's Purse.

Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Closer view of Shepherd's Purse flowers.

Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

The seed pod of Shepherd's Purse is what gives it its name. It is said to ersemble the purse of a shepherd.

Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

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Range map for Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

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The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

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