Rosette of compound leaves with a flower stalk up to 9" tall. Flowers are tiny, white, with 4-petals turning into inch long pods. Alone it is small and unassuming; in mass it makes a fuzzy white carpet. There are other similar species.
Yards, fields, nurseries preferring moist, disturbed soils.
Although wide spread in this country, it is small and easily overlooked. Last spring's eruption brought it to the attention of many in the Hudson Valley.
This herbaceous annual blooms from early spring to autumn. Seeds ejected from exploding pods land up to a meter away, germinate in the fall and overwinter as seedlings.
It is edible and was used in the 10th century Old English "Nine Herbs Charm" to treat poison and infection.