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Cuckooflower

Cardamine pratensis

Plant Data

Order:
Brassicales
Family:
Brassicaceae (Cabbage)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
4 petals, clustered, pale to dark lilac, seldom white, up to 2cm.
Fruit:
A long elongated dry capsule which eventually rolls up and explodes to disperse its many seeds.
Leaves:
A basal rosette of long-stalked leaves are present. The short-stalked stem leaves are alternate and pinnate. The 1 to 7 pairs of opposite leaflets and 1 terminal leaflet are all separated wide apart.
Maximum Size:
50cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The peppery taste of the immature leaves make a good substitute for watercress.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Flowers are scented.
Other Names:
American Cuckoo-flower, Bitter Cress, Coco Plant, Fairy Flower, Lady's Smock, Mayflower, Meadow Cress, Milkmaids.
Habitats:
Ditches, farmland, fens, grassland, meadows, swamps, woodland.