Shepard’s Purse

Capsella bursa pastoris

Shepherd’s purse is an annual or winter annual weed reproducing only by seed. Seedlings: Lobed basal leaves; Hairy lobes; Lobes or divisions are more or less uniform on each side; Can produce over 33,000 seeds per plant. Stems: Stems are erect; Stems extend 10 – 60 cm high; Stems are branched above or throughout. Leaves: Grows from a rosette of lobed leaves at base; Leafs are alternate (1 per node); The blades are very variable; The leaf blades are oblong and 5 – 10 cm long; Shallowly to deeply and coarsely toothed.