The most common variety of cress is watercress, which grows in flooded soil beds and has small, heart-shaped leaves and a slightly bitter taste. Watercress is difficult to grow in home gardens. An easily grown, hardy alternative is winter cress, with dark-green, strongly flavored
leaves that form rosettes. Other varieties include broad-leaved cress, with oval leaves; peppergrass, or curly cress, with an attractive, ornamental appearance; extra curled, a compact plant with short stalks and fine leaves; and garden cress, a tall, cool-season annual.
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