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Garden Yellowrocket (Barbarea vulgaris W.T. Aiton)

Also known as wintercress, winter cress, yellow rocket.

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A biennial native to Eurasia, introduced in North America and New Zealand. Named for its resemblance, both visually and in flavor, to watercress, and the fact that it is often conspicuously visible in the winter when many other plants have died down.

Range - Expand

Introduced or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.


Mostly found in anthropogenic habitats, including agricultural fields, roadsides and railroads, vacant lots, and other disturbed ground. Occasionally grows in lawns; the basal rosette can always survive mowing, but the blooming period is late enough that the plant usually cannot complete its life-cycle before mowing starts. Uncommon in intact ecosystems.

Barbarea vulgaris (Garden Yellowrocket) | USDA PLANTS Database (About This Site)

Barbarea vulgaris | Go Botany (About This Site)

Bitter Wintercress | iNaturalist (About This Site)

Barbarea vulgaris | Biota of North America Project (BONAP) (About This Site)

Barbarea vulgaris | NatureServe Explorer (About This Site)

Barbarea vulgaris | Flora of North America (About This Site)

Barbarea vulgaris | Missouri Plants (About This Site)

Garden Yellowrocket | Maryland Biodiversity Project (About This Site)

Barbarea vulgaris (Garden Yellow Rocket) | Minnesota Wildflowers (About This Site)

Barbarea vulgaris R. Brown (Common Winter Cress, Yellow Rocket) | Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora (About This Site)