Teesdalia nudicaulis. Shepherd’s cress.

Life-form & Growth Form:

Therophyte. Annual. Little/no vegetation spread. 

Flowering period: 

May and June.


Native on sand dunes. Adventive in a myriad of other habitats e.g. railway embankments, arable field margins and waste ground. Requires bare and periodically disturbed ground.  


Overgrazing and under grazing can both pose a threat as this species requires open sward on periodically disturbed soils. Destruction of sand dune habitat to make way for agricultural activities, amenity areas, golf courses and private dwellings. Nutrient enrichment of cultivated sandy fields. Excessive trampling by visiting public.  

Static distribution map:
Teesdalia nudicaulis
Teesdalia nudicaulis
For an interactive map follow this link to the BSBI webpage