Endemic to Europe, but has become very common in many parts of the world. Its name derives from Latin and means “little box”, “purse of the shepherd” referring to the in the shape of the capsule resembling a shepherd’s purse.
Ruderal weed on sunny places prefers not too dry soils.
Seeds, leaves, and root of this plant are edible. In China it is commercially grown for consumption, “Stir-fried Shepherd’s Purse leaves” wok dish is considered a local delicacy.