Barbarea verna (Mill.) Ascherson - Winter Cress, Yellow Rocket
Family - Brassicaceae
Flowering - March - June.
Habitat - Disturbed sites, roadsides, railroads, waste ground.
Origin - Native to Europe.
Other information - This introduced species can be found mainly in the eastern portion of the state. The plant is easy to identify because of its pinnately divided leaves, glabrous stems, and bright yellow flowers. Another species B. vulgaris R.Br. is similar but has many fewer leaf divisions than B. verna.
Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 4-5-03.