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Cress American Upland

Barbarea verna

200 Seeds/pkt

    • Biennial 25cm
    • Culinary herb
    • Pungent flavour

    Biennial growing to 25cm. Culinary herb. Young leaves can be used in salads or as a garnish, older leaves can be cooked as a leaf vegetable. Pungent flavour. Self seeding. Easy to grow

$2.75 inc GST

$2.75 inc GST

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Product Description
American Upland Cress (Barbarea verna) are biennial, edible leafy-green vegetables from the Brassicaceae (cabbage) family. The young leaves, which are spicy in flavour, are often used as a substitute for watercress in dishes, and can be cooked, or used fresh in salads and sandwiches. They’re nutritious leaf vegetables that contain high amounts vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and calcium, and are worthwhile additions to any productive garden.
These plants are also excellent companion plants for natural pest control, and can be used as dead end trap crops for controlling the following pests:
Diamondback Moth (Plutella xylostella), a specialist pest which only attacks plants from the brassica family, the most destructive insect pest of cruciferous vegetables worldwide.
Cabbage Moth (Mamestra brassicae), a generalist pest which not only attacks plants from the brassica family as the name suggests, but a wide range of other plants also.
How do these plants control pests? They put out substances from their leaves known as glucosinolates which stimulate diamondback moths and cabbage moths to lay their eggs on them, but they also contain natural soap-like substances known as saponins which kill the baby caterpillars when they hatch and eat the leaves!
Planting Guide
Method
Direct
Planting Depth
5mm
Germination Period
7-14 days at 7-15°C
Life Cycle
Hardy Perennial
Average Plant Height
25cm
Row Spacing
30cm
Plant Spacing
15cm
Positioning
Full sun/part shade
Average days to maturity
45 days
Other Information
Remove flowering stems as they appear. Self seeding
* The information above is provided as a guide only.
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