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

Sisymbrium officinale (L.) Scop.
hedge mustard (hedgemustard)
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Sisymbrium officinale
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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems 0.2-1.0 m tall, simple to (more commonly) loosely branched, stiff, usually strongly stiff-hairy with backward-pointing or spreading hairs.
Basal leaves oblanceolate, 4-25 cm long, 1-6 cm wide, pinnately-cut, terminal lobe the largest and more or less egg-shaped and shallowly round-toothed, glabrate to sparsely hairy; stem leaves usually unstalked, much reduced, generally with 4-6 linear to narrowly lanceolate lobes, terminal lobes more deltoid-lanceolate.
Racemes elongate in fruit, as much as 35 cm long; petals pale yellow, 3-4 mm long; sepals 1.5-2.5 mm long, oblong-oblanceolate.
Siliques, erect, 8-15 mm long, 1-1.5 mm wide, linear and awn-like, tightly appressed, beaked, sparsely hairy to glabrous; segments 3-nerved, tardily dehiscent; fruiting stalks erect, 1-3 mm long, stout, enlarged at the tips and about as thick as siliques; beaks 1-2 mm long; seeds about 1.3 mm long, plump, not gelatinous when wet.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry fields and waste places in the lowland zone; frequent in SW BC, infrequent in SC BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Sisymbrium officinale

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)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 615 615 615
Slope Gradient (%) 5 5 5
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
295 294 295
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
5 5 5
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: BG(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

Erysimum officinale L.
Sisymbrium officinale var. leiocarpum DC.

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