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Tiny and forming clusters at the top. 4 white petals with 4 yellow stamens. Counting the number of stamens is perhaps the most reliable way to distinguish this flower from the almost identical Wavy Bittercress which has 6 yellow stamens.
Long and slender seed pods that split open when ripe.
Basal rosette, anything up to 9 inches long. Compound leaves with alternate leaflets that have one leaf per node along the main upright stem. The leaves persist throughout the winter months.
Bitter tasting as the name suggests. In fact, peppery and similar to cress that you would buy at the supermarket. This flower is high in vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. It can be eaten raw or cooked and the whole plant can be eaten.
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.
The leaves are aromatic when bruised.
Common Bittercress, Flick Weed, Hoary Bittercress, Hoary Wood Cress, Jumping Jesus, Lamb's Cress, Land Cress, Pennsylvania Bittercress, Pepperweed, Popping Cress, Shotweed, Small Bittercress, Snapweed, Spring Cress.
Farmland, gardens, rocks, swamps, walls, wasteland, wetland, woodland.