Shepherd's Purse

Capsella bursa-pastoris

Photo of Shepherd's Purse
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension

Shepherd's Purse is a member of the mustard family. The name is derived from the distinctive shape of the seed capsule. A winter annual, it is a problem in alfalfa and other perennial crops.

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  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences