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Creeping yellowcress (Rorippa sylvestris)

Creeping yellowcress Synonyms: Radicula sylvestris

Common Names: Creeping yellow fieldcress, yellow fieldcress, keek

Description: First discovered in the Great Lakes region in 1884 near Lake Ontario.

Habit: Herbaceous, growing to about 0.7 ft. tall.

Leaves: Young plants form basal rosettes. Lower leaves are oblong, up to 8 in. long and 0.75 in. wide with a compound look. Deeply divided into lobed with lobed or toothed edges. Upper leaves are smaller.

Stems: Creeping, ascending branches, glossy or with a few sparse hairs.

Flowers: Elongated clusters of stalked flowers at the end of branching stems. Yellow in color, 0.25 in. across, appear at the tip of raceme, 4 petals, rounded, spatula shaped and twice as long as sepals. Narrowed base with two racemes branching off from the tip of the stem.

Fruit and seeds: Slender pod, green in color, 0.5 in. long, angled out and up from stalk.

Habitat: Native to Europe and western Asia. Can be found in disturbed wetlands, muddy or grassy borders of ditches, soggy meadows, floodplain areas, and poorly drained areas along railroads.

Reproduction: By seed and vegetatively by rhizomes.

Similar species: Native, annual Bog yellow-cress (Rorippa palutris).

Monitoring and rapid response: Once established, it is very difficult to control. Physical control is not recommended due to the potential re-growth from root fragments. Glyphsate is somewhat effective

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Species Information System, Minnesota Wildflowers and the University of Michigan Herbarium.

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Common Name:

Creeping yellowcress

Scientific Name:

Rorippa sylvestris







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