Wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum)

 

Collins 92; Readers Digest, 40

This medium height annual appears generally in our locality in the white form.  It can also appear in pale yellow and lilac.  The plant is persistent and is detested by cereal farmers in Northern Europe.  When in full flower, it is extremely attractive.  It is not an ancestor of the garden radish although it is related.  This can be seen when the garden radish flowers and produces seedpods very similar to that of the wild radish.  The coloration of the flower seems to vary as one goes north.  A good place to spot the plant in flower between May and September would be set aside farmland around the Hassel Street area.