Taxonomy

Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum | Water-cress | Biolar

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Not protected

Native status

Native

Species Biology

Habitat

Ditches and streams

Life cycle

Perennial

Ex-situ conservation

Living collection in the National Botanic Garden.

Use

Food crop

Vegetative nature

Herbaceous

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

Grows abundantly in and by running water. Now reduced to a garnish, watercress was once a well-respected vegetable. It was under small-scale cultivation by the mid 18th century and quickly became a commercial product. Most of the watercress consumed today is grown commercially; but the cultivated plants are identical in every respect to those that grow wild. The older, sturdier leaves are tastier.

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