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Lepidium ruderale

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Lepidium ruderale is species of flowering plants in the mustard or cabbage family, Brassicaceae. It is native to temperate Asia and northern and eastern Europe. It has also naturalized in south-western Europe and North America. Its common names include narrow-leaf pepperwort, roadside pepperweed and peppergrass.


Asthma, Bleeding piles,Hemorrhoid, Skin diseases, Cough, Rheumatism.

Parts Used

Flower, Seeds, Leaves.

Chemical Composition

The yield of the endosperm and the bran fraction were 72 and 28%, respectively.[1]

Common names

Language Common name
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English Narrow-leaf pepperwort, Roadside pepperweed, Peppergrass


Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.



Tikta (Bitter), Kashaya (Astringent)


Laghu (Light)






Small herb.



Kind Shape Feature
Leaves are compound Obovate Leaves are alternately arranged, The edge of the leaf blade has lobes, or it has both teeth and lobes, Edge of the leaf blade has teeth the edge, Leaf blade is entire (has no teeth or lobes)


Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual 2-4cm long Pink/white There are four petals, sepals, or tepals in the flower. Both the petals and sepals are separate and not fused


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Oblong pod 1.5–3 mm The fruit is dry and splits open when ripe

Other features

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation


How to plant/cultivate

Seeds naturally have a low germination rate. The hard and impenetrable seed coat is one of the reasons.[2]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area, Subtropical area.

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