Definition of garden cress in US English:

garden cress


  • A type of cress that is usually grown as a sprouting vegetable, often mixed with sprouting mustard, and used in salads.

    Lepidium sativum, family Brassicaceae

    • ‘The other main cultivated cress is garden cress, Lepidium sativum, and it is this, with its tiny leaves, which ought to be present in boxes labelled ‘mustard and cress’.’
    • ‘Coriander, garden cress, and dill are short-lived annuals that, when cut for harvest, do not regrow.’
    • ‘Non-curled forms of garden cress, with broader leaves, are also available.’
    • ‘Peppergrass is a closely related plant, native in the U.S., which is not cultivated, but often is gathered and used as with garden cress.’
    • ‘There are several types of garden cress - some finely curled, some broad-leaved.’


garden cress

/ˈɡärdn kres/