Scientific Name: Capsella bursa-pastoris
English Name: Shepherd’s Purse
The Shepherd’s Purse is a plant in the mustard family that is native to Europe and parts of Asia, but can also be found in North America and north Africa. It is a flowering plant that produces flowers all year round, and is regarded by some to be a weed.
It is closely related to Arabidopsis thaliana, a plant that has been extensively used in genetic research. The Shepherd’s Purse itself is also being used as a model organism.
Both the English and Scientific names of this plant refers to the shape of the seed pods, which are triangle and resemble purses.