Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medicus

Shepherd's purse

source: Forest & Kim Starr (2009), Wikimedia Commons (license CCASA 3.0 Unported)
source: Forest & Kim Starr (2009), Wikimedia Commons (license CCASA 3.0 Unported)


GrinTax Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.
The Plant list Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.
English name Shepherd's purse

Crop relationship
Cabbage tertiary genepool
Rapeseed tertiary genepool
Turnip tertiary genepool

FLORON data (2014)
Indigeneity native
Trend since 1950 stable or increasing
Presence common
Status least concern
Legal protection unlisted

© NDFF, 2015
© NDFF, 2015

Legend distribution maps

upper map:

  • red: locations of presence from year 2000 onwards
  • blue: previous localities where the species has not been observed anymore after 1999.
  • source:

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lower map:

Distribution area
Europe entire Europe
Asia not in large parts of tropical and desert areas
Africa N-Africa
North-America largest part of North-America
South-America Andes and S-South-America
Australia SE-Australia
source:, 2015
source:, 2015

Expected distribution due to climate change

Expected distribution area in 2070 in the European region and in the Netherlands compared with current suitable areas under an optimistic and a pessimistic climate change scenario (see: About CWRnl / Methodology). Click on a map to enlarge.


Optimistic scenario

Distribution data GBIF, December 2016
Distribution data GBIF, December 2016

Pessimistic scenario


Additional information