E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Raphanus sativus L.
garden radish (cultivated radish)
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual or biennial herb from a fleshy, elongated taproot; stems 0.3-1.2 m tall, simple or branched, sparsely stiff-hairy.
Basal leaves pinnately lobed, 3-20 cm long, 1-8 cm wide, stalked, often round-toothed, terminal segment larger, orbicular; stem leaves reduced upwards.
Inflorescence of spreading to ascending stalks, 8-27 mm long; petals pink, pink-purple to white or yellow with darker venation, 13-20 mm long; sepals 7-11 mm long, glabrous.
Siliques, 2-6 cm long, 5-10 mm wide, continuous or sometimes slightly moniliform, lightly several-grooved, usually not breaking transversely, beaks conical, sharp, 1/4 to 1/2 as long as the body, glabrous; seeds 1-3 (5).

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry disturbed areas and waste places in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Raphanus sativus

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 800 800 800
Slope Gradient (%) 0 0 0
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
7 7 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: IDF(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Raphanus raphanistrum var. sativus (L.) G. Beck

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