Brassicaceae Family:

Barbarea vulgaris (Yellow Rocket) on 4-17-21, #793-1.

Brassicaceae Burnett


The plant family Brassicaceae was named and described by Gilbert Thomas Burnett in Outlines of Botany in 1835.

As of 12-2-22 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 343 genera in this family. This family is commonly known as the mustard or cabbage family and includes cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, mustards, turnips, and so on. It also includes the Alyssum genus and MANY wildflowers. That number could change as updates are made on POWO.

For more information about this family of plants, please click on the links below. The links take you directly to the information about the family. You can click on the plant’s name below the photos which will take you to their own pages.


Armoracia rusticana (Horseradish) on 5-5-19, #566-6.

The Armoracia rusticana (Horseradish) doesn’t have a page yet…


Barbarea vulgaris (Yellow Rocket) on 5-1-19, #564-10.

Barbarea vulgaris (Yellow Rocket) are quite a common sight on the farm and throughout may other countries. There bright yellow flowers in the spring and early summer are quite a sight in large colonies. common names include Yellow Rocket, St. Barbara’s Herb, Herb Barbara, Wintercress, Bittercress, Rocketcress, Yellow Rocketcress, Wound Rocket, Creasy, Creecy, Creesy, Cressy Greens, Upland Cress


Capsella bursa-pastoris (Shephard’s Purse) on 4-7-20, #684-9.

There are A LOT of Capsella bursa-pastoris (Shephard’s Purse) growing along the driveway (inthe gravel) and an area behind the barn on my farm. I see it here and there but mainly in those two areas.

Analysis has concluded that Capsella bursa-pastoris had a hybrid origin within the past 100,000-300,000 years. It has evolved from being a diploid, self-incompatible species to being a polypoid, self-compatible species. This has allowed it to become one of the most widely distributed species on the planet.


Hesperis matronalis (Dame’s Rocket) on 5-3-20, #695-18.

Strange but true, Hesperis matronalis (Dame’s Rocket) is in the plant family Brassicaceae. It looks like several species of Phlox which are in the plant family Polemoniaceae… There has been a HUGE colony of these down the street from the farm along the ditch. I always thought they were Phlox, but when one came up and flowered north of my chicken house in 2020 I identified it as Hesperis matronalis.


Thlaspi arvense (Field Penny-Cress) on 5-24-22, #883-23.

I found a couple of colonies of Thlaspi arvense (Field Penny-Cress) on May 24 in 2022. They are pretty neat plants, but I have read where they can get carried away…

That’s all I have for the plant family Brassicaceae for now…

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