Field Cress (Pepper Grass)
Annual with densely hairy stems, much branched toward top. Flowers typical of the mustard family, with 4 small, white petals; arising from the many upper branches. Blooms April–June. Basal leaves dandelion-like with rounded tops, short; stem leaves alternate, ascending, about 1½ inches long, entire or crenate (shallowly toothed), clasping the stem and having 2 pointed "ears" (auricles). Seedpods nearly round, fairly large (technically called silicles), with 2 seeds each; the fruits are ornamental due to their quantity. Pepper grass in fruit looks like a candelabra. The plant looks grayish due to its fine hairs.