Cress (Mustard and Cress, Curled Cress, Garden Cress, Peppercress)

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  • Common Name: Cress (Mustard and Cress, Curled Cress, Garden Cress, Peppercress)
  • Latin Name: Lepidium sativum; Brassica Hirta; Brassica napus
  • Family Name: Brassicaceae/Cruciferae
Most seed labelled as 'Mustard and Cress' (the sort that grows in a matter of days on damp tissue) is actually composed of two plants:  Cress (Lepidium sativum) and White Mustard (Brassica hirta), and this is fine to add as a small part of a tortoise's varied diet. 

The small punnets of plants that are sold as 'salad cress' in supermarkets in the UK are almost invariably not Cress, but Oilseed Rape (Brassica napus) with a very small amount of Cress included, and this is also fine as a small part of the diet. 

Cress flowers are usually white, but can also be found in pink, and Oilseed Rape has yellow flowers.
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