The Mustard Family

This was formerly known as the Cruciferae Family and it includes around 375 genera with over 3200 species. Perhaps the most famous of these is the genus, Brassica which includes may of our common vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, etc.

Birchwood Salad Mustard
Garlic Mustard Wallflower
Sweet Alyssum  
Rockcress Sunflax
Horseradish Dame's Rocket
False Rockcress Candytuft
Basket of Gold Woad
Garden Yellowrocket Peppergrass
Hoary Alyssum Sweet Alyssum
Borage Money Plant, Honesty
Flowering Kale Stocks
Shepherd's Purse Radish
Bittercress Yellowcress
Seakale White Mustard
Cardamine Hedge Mustard
Whitlow Grass Bastard Cress

Note on Taxonomy - Plant taxonomy is the art and science of classifying plants into groupings in order to help people make sense of the huge diversity found in the world. The people who do this for a living are called taxonomists. They are continually evaluating and re-evaluating how plants are classified. For example, with the recent emergence of DNA analysis, many plants have been changing classification.

Also, there is no one, single universal classification system for plants. Rather, there is a lot of debate among taxonomists which may lead to confusion for the average gardener. That is why, in these family listings, you often see the words "about" or "around" when counting the number of genera or species to include. It is also why new families are created and some of the old ones suddenly fade away. So, don't be surprised if you find slightly different information at other sites or sources. Oh, well.


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