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  • n. A tall, herbaceous flowering plant, Descurainia sophia, related to mustard

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A species of cress, the Sisymbrium Sophia, formerly used in dysentery. See fluxweed.


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  • Other Canary Island endemics are shrubby scabious Pterocephalus lasiospermus, Teide daisy Argynanthemum teneriffae, red bugloss Echium wildpretti, flixweed Descurainia bourgeauana and D. lemsii, Canary Island wallflower Erisimon scoparius and Canary Island wall lettuce Tolpis webbii.

    Teide National Park, Spain

  • "We are seeing more ALS-resistant weeds such as bushy wallflower and flixweed / tansy mustard, so it's good to have a new mode of action," Peterson notes.

    High Plains Journal


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  • Flixweed (sometimes Fluxweed) (Sisymbrium sophia) is a member of the mustard family. It reproduces by seeds. It was once given to patients suffering from dysentery and called by ancient herbalists Sophia Chirugorum, "The Wisdom of Surgeons," on account of its healing properties. In Germany it is called the Sophienkraut and associated with Saint Sophia of Rome, who was invoked against late frosts. ~Wikipedia

    Flixweed (Photograph)

    January 19, 2009