Raphanus sativus

Raphanus sativus_radish flower_fruit_JM DiTomaso
Photo: Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: R. raphanistrum var. sativus

Common names: wild radish

Raphanus sativus (wild radish) is an annual or occasionally a perennial (family Brassicaceae) that frequently invades grasslands and open/disturbed areas, including roadsides in California. Wild radish may also be found in wetland areas. Wild radishes are capable of excluding native plant species and are, on rare occasion, toxic to livestock.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited?

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.

Weed Management Notes

  • Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

Other Raphanus sativus Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

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    Raphanus sativus (wild radish) flowers. Photo: &#169 2009 Neal Kramer
    Raphanus sativus_fruits_copyright2008_NealKramer
    Raphanus sativus (wild radish) fruits. Photo: &#169 2008 Neal Kramer
    Raphanus sativus_leaves_copyright2012_NealKramer
    Raphanus sativus (wild radish) leaves. Photo: &#169 2012 Neal Kramer
    Raphanus sativus_infestation_copyright2012_NealKramer
    Raphanus sativus (wild radish) infestation. Photo: &#169 2012 Neal Kramer