Other Name: Yellow Rocket
Synoms: Barbarea arcuata, Campe barbarea
Plant Family: Brassicaceae ⁄ Cruciferae – Mustard family
Winter Cress (Barbarea vulgaris) is a yellow spring wildflower found in fields and disturbed sites where it is often considered a weed. Winter Cress is an introduced plant into the United States.
The plant gets its name because the leaves usually stay green throughout the winter. They can be dug up in the snow and eaten if you really need to, but more often it is eaten in the spring when it it less bitter. I have yet to have a taste. Like many members of the mustard family the flavor is said to be tangy, and have medicinal properties.