Large Bittercress (Cardamine amara)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Large Bittercress
Cardamine amara
Cruciferae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    Antiscorbutic, diuretic, stimulant[132].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – raw[2, 61, 115]. A hot cress-like flavour[183], nice in small quantities in a salad and available all year round in most years[K]. A somewhat bitter flavour[9].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow outdoors in situ in a shady position in April.
Easily grown in most moist soils[187]. Prefers a moist humus rich soil in shade or semi-shade[200]. Plants are hardy to at least -20¡c[187]. An invasive plant spreading freely by self-sowing, it is best suited to the wild garden[187]. A polymorphic species[132].
Most of Europe, including Britain, north to 64¡ N., east to the Balkans and W. Asia.

Become ungovernable, break the chains of the matrix; grow and forage your own food and medicine.

*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.