Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Hairy Bittercress
Cardamine hirsuta
Cruciferae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Leaves and flowers – raw or cooked[2, 5, 52, 53, 105]. A hot cress-like flavour, they are mainly used as a garnish or flavouring in salads etc[132] but are also sometimes used as a potherb[183]. The plant germinates most freely in the autumn and so leaves are usually available all winter[244].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring or autumn in situ. This species needs very little encouragement and is quite capable of sowing itself, often too freely.
Prefers a moist humus rich soil in shade or semi-shade[200] but it succeeds in most soils and positions[1]. A common garden weed, it can be in flower all year round if the weather is mild. It will usually self-sow very freely in cultivated soil and is found especially in pot-grown plants[K].
Throughout most of the northern Hemisphere, including Britain.

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