Capsella-bursa pastoris commonly known as Shepherd’s Purse is an old-time salad green when harvested young in the early spring. The green seed pods shaped like tiny purses are often used in stir-fries, salads and even added to pickles. The plant also offers many medical uses due to its nutrient-rich leaves, which grow flat against the ground in rosettes about 6 inches in diameter. Broadcast seed in a semi-shady location in the early fall/early spring or stratify. Plants will emerge the following spring. The seeds must be exposed to cold weather for good germination. Extremely hardy, Shepherd’s Purse will self-sow once established. Our seed came from an abandoned farm site in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. At least 100 seed per packet.

Shepherd's Purse


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