Bittercress (Cardamine pennsylvanica)

Biennial/Perennial
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Bittercress
Cardamine pennsylvanica
Cruciferae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves and the flowering plant are carminative and digestive[172].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – raw or cooked[46, 61, 159, 171]. An excellent water cress substitute[105]. A slightly bitter flavour, but not disagreeable[207].

    The grated raw root is used as a condiment[207].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow outdoors in a seedbed in a shady position in April. Plant out in autumn or spring. Division.
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of this country. A polymorphic species[43], it is closely related to C. parviflora[274]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a moist humus rich soil in shade or semi-shade[200] but succeeds in most soils that are not dry[1].
N. America – Newfoundland to Minnesota and Montana, south to Florida, Tennessee and Kansas.

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