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yellow rocket, winter cress (Barbarea vulgaris; MUSTARD FAMILY [Brassicaceae]) Biennial or winter annual whose size and appearance varies with growing conditions, but up to 3' tall.  Profuse small flowers (" diameter) cover pastures and forage crop fields in brilliant yellow in mid-May before the primary crop matures.  Leaves alternate, basal ones lobed, with terminal lobe large, middle and upper ones entire or toothed.  Considered a noxious weed, but also a choice potherb in Italian cookery.  Native of Europe.  [069]

 

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