I was on the beach with some friends in Marin, California last year and saw radish plants covered with dried pods everywhere. I gathered some seed to see what this “wild” radish would look like in Philly. Here it is! Turns out, the California Wild Radish, as it’s called, is a interspecific hybrid cross between Raphanus sativus (the cultivated Radish you and I know) and Raphanus raphanistrum (the yellow or white flowered weedy Jointed Charlock), and this child has completely out competed its parents and totally replaced them in the wild. It is considered an invasive weed, but @namu_farm told me she pickles the pods, which I plan to do. At Roughwood Seed Collection we grow two other types of cultivated podding radishes, which are delicious. We will see how this compares! #raphanussativus #raphanusraphanistrum #californiawildradish #wildradishpods #wildradish #interspecifichybrids #hybrid #beachradish #southwestphilly #roughwoodseedcollection #seedkeeping #invasiveplants #edibleinvasives #radishpods (at South West Philadelphia)

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A little background behind the blog name:

I’m sure not too many people know about the plant names listed on my blog title. Heck, even I didn’t until I got here!

But those are names of some pretty common invasive plant species found here on LI. Mugwort, Purple Foxglove, Japanese Barberry and the one on the left in the picture is Black Swallow-wort.

My primary job is to map and treat (by pulling or cutting) the many of invasive plant species we find at the different refuges. So yes, technically I am weeding (hence the name of weed warrior!)

People probably think I’m crazy for driving 11 hours from Detroit to Long Island to weed but invasive plants are like the worst of the weeds! They can change the pH of soils and take up all of the area that native plants used to grow in and many of them aren’t very insect or animal friendly. So my job is quite important for the sustainability of the ecosystem!