Shepherdspurse Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medic.
Family: Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Life cycle: Winter annual
Native status: Introduced
Habitat: Alfalfa and no-till fields; landcapes; disturbed areas
General description: Rosette of leaves up to 4 in long; seedling leaves are slightly toothed, as rosettes mature older leaves are deeply lobed. Flower stalk reaches height of up to 2 ft with numerous heart-shaped pods. Leaves on flower stalks are smaller, lanceolate, and lack the deep lobes.
Key ID traits: Deeply lobed leaves; triangular/heart-shaped seed capsules.
Miscellaneous: Named because of the unique shape of seed capsules, reminiscnent of purses shepherds carried in earlier times.