One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A yellow-flowered European plant of the daisy family, growing in woods and waste places.
Lapsana communis, family Compositae
- ‘A fairly common garden weed, nipplewort will maintain itself in the garden so long as it is given some disturbed soil in which to self-sow.’
- ‘Young tortoises are fed mainly dandelions, nipplewort, sowthistle, clover and lettuce.’
- ‘One of the commonest weeds is nipplewort (named for the shape of the flower buds) which is spreading its leaves in small, loose rosettes.’
- ‘When nipplewort occurs in the hedge bottom, plants are often found spreading into the arable field.’
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