Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
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Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

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The incredibly diverse family of the cruciferous plants (Brassicaceae) is where Shepherd's Purse hails from, and it is just as versatile as many other related cabbages or kales. Its home is difficult to locate since it is found almost everywhere in
the world and can cope with almost any soil condition. It grows in acidic soil, on the roadside, between pavement joints, and virtually anywhere where it can be easily overlooked, as long as there is enough sun. It even partially removes the salt from very saline soils, making them usable for other plants.

The shepherd's purse produces an enormous number of seeds, spreads, and sows itself continuously so that it can form up to four generations per year as an annual plant. Because of its unassuming character and explosive growth, it is often wrongly perceived as a weed.

Culinary uses of the shepherd's purse are the use of leaves similar to cress or wild cabbage, the consumption of the raw or roasted seeds, the use of the whole seed capsules as a spice for cooking, and much more. These fruits, which look like small hearts (or like the purse of a shepherd), can be eaten raw and have a nutty, spicy taste which is perfect for salads and cream cheese seasoning. It has been historically used as a substitute for mustard and also contains the healthy mustard oil glycosides. It is a rather common vegetable in various Asian cuisines.

As a medicinal plant, the herb is recommended for the treatment of minor wounds and nose bleeds, but also for internal use as tea. It is labour-inducing and should not be consumed during pregnancy.

A special feature of the plant is its carnivorous seeds, which can be used as an insecticide. If they are immersed in water, they attract flies that stick to the sticky surface of the shepherd's purse's seeds and die. Also, insect larvae can be combatted with a preparation made from the seeds.

Seeds, content: Approx. 10000 Shepherd's Purse seeds
Details: Plant description & care
Plant family:
Plant height approx.:
10 – 50 cm
Flowering time:
Flower colour:
Root system :
Deep roots
Lifecycle :
full sun
Sowing & cultivation
Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
Sowing time outdoors:
Sowing depth:
0.5 cm
Best germination temperature :
5 – 35 °C
Germination time in days:
3 – 10
Planting distance:
20 x 20 cm
Needs light to germinate
Main harvest:
Very unpretentious annual plant. Direct sowing is possible all through the year starting in spring. Only lightly cover seeds with soil since they need light to germinate. Grows in almost all sunny locations, but prefers nutrient- and nitrogen-rich soils.
Other names
Botanical name:
capsella bursa–pastoris
German names:
bauernsenfblutkrautgewöhnliches hirtentäschelhirtentäschelkrauthungerkraut
English names:
shepherd's purse
French names:
bourse à pasteur
Spanish names:
bolsa de pastorzurrón de pastor
Italian names:
borsapastore comune
Item number
Magic Garden Seeds
Seed quantity:
10,000 Pcs.


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