Pepperwort (Lepidium latifolium L.), is a perennial plant. It is a member of the mustard and cabbage family. It is also known as Dittander, Dittany, Pepperweed, Peppergrass or Tall White Top.
Native to southern Europe, Mediterranean countries and Asia as far east as the Himalayas, it is an introduced species in North America, where it grows throughout the United States and Mexico.
Pepperwort normally grows to between 30 cm and 1 m, but may grow as tall at 2 m. The plants have numerous woody stems, alternating waxy leaves and clusters of small white flowers. It produces small (1.6 mm) fruits, each containing two reddish seeds.
Dried stems of pepperwort are sometimes used in flower arrangements.
Edible usesThe leaves and shoots of this plant, and the seed pods are all edible. The leaves are said to have a watercress-like peppery taste which is good for salads. The seed pods are sometimes added to stir-frys.
peppergrass in German: Pfefferkraut
peppergrass in Spanish: Lepidium latifolium
peppergrass in Portuguese: Erva-pimenteira
peppergrass in Finnish: Isokrassi