Wild Radish

Common Name Wild Radish
Scientific Name Raphanus sativus
Plant Family Brassicaceae
Origin Asia by way of Europe, California non-native/invasive
Duration Annual/Perennial
Flower Color Pink/Purple/White
Plant Type Herb


Wild radish (Raphanus sativus) is an annual in the mustard family (Brassicaceae) that occasionally functions as a perennial. This species invades disturbed landscapes and can be found along roadsides throughout the state of California. Wild radish is most detrimental in rangeland ecosystems, where large stands displace native species and reduce forage value. Wild radish in excess has shown to be toxic to livestock.

Individuals should be hand-pulled before seed pods develop, paying special attention to the tap root. Resprouting is common if the entire root is not extracted. Large populations should be mowed or cut at soil level as an initial treatment with a follow-up plan in place.

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