Plant Care Shepherd's Purse

Shepherd's Purse

About Shepherd's Purse

Shepard's purse is a common winter annual garden weed in the mustard family. Winter annuals bloom from spring to mid-summer, while summer annuals flower from mid- summer to fall. The flowers are followed by flat, heart-shaped seedpods that are pointed at the end. The shape is said to resemble the leather purse of shepherds during the Middle Ages. Deer eat the leaves and stalks and the seeds that are eaten pass through the digestive tract and remain viable.


Capsella bursa-pastoris

Also known as

Mother's Heart, Mother's Heart and Shepherd's purse

How to care for Shepherd's Purse


How often to water your Shepherd's Purse

Water needs for Shepherd's Purse
0.5 cups
every 9

Shepherd's Purse needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Shepherd's Purse

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Mother's Heart in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Shepherd's Purse: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Shepherd's Purse love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Shepherd's Purse does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Shepherd's Purse

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Shepherd's Purse: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Shepherd's Purse after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Shepherd's Purse is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Shepherd's Purse

Shepherd's Purse

Shepherd's Purse

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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